NWU, Local Organizations Plan Fundraiser for Japanese Disaster Victims

Nebraska Wesleyan University is joining local organizations to host a charity dinner and silent auction that will benefit victims of the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan.

The fundraiser will be held Friday, April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Center For People In Need, located at 3901 N. 27th Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross Japan Relief Fund.

Community volunteers will serve Japanese-style curried rice, brownies and drinks. A silent auction will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Several local businesses and artists have donated items including hand-hooked rugs, handmade purses, rocking chair, framed drawings, photographs and paintings, locally-produced foods, and more.

Raffle drawings will also be held throughout the evening for gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants. Entertainment will be provided by the Kokyo Taiko Japanese Drum Group.

“Two weeks after the earthquake that marked the beginning of the still unfolding disaster, it is inevitable that the attention of the news media has begun to shift to other parts of the world,” said NWU history professor Steve Wills. “But the Japanese people need our support more than ever.”

Sponsors for the fundraiser include Nebraska Wesleyan University, Asian Community and Cultural Center, Center for People in Need, Global Friends of Japan, JET Programme Alumni Association, Kawasaki Reading Room, and Sheldon Museum of Art.

Those interested in donating items to the silent auction can contact Steve Wills.

Nebraska Wesleyan continues to collect monetary donations at various campus collection locations. Those locations include: Weary Center, Prairie Wolves Bookstore, library, and the Old Main Office.

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