Tuesday, May 25, 2010

HOPE Kansai Charity Gala            ホープ・関西チャリティーガラディナー

On May 22, I had the opportunity to attend the 4th annual HOPE International Development Agency Japan's Kansai Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka, the premiere charity event of the year.  With over 380 attendees, surpassing last year's number by almost 100, this year's gala event had it all with musical and singing performances, live and silent auctions, and two cars on display in the ballroom thanks in part to this year's event sponsor, Volkswagen.

As the purpose of the event was to raise awareness about and money for HOPE's charitable efforts in Cambodia, it was announced at the end of the night that several fund-raising records were smashed even though the final results were not yet in.  

For those of you unfamiliar with HOPE International, the charity organization based out of Canada, has been in service for over 30 years and has raised over $200 million in support of sustainable development projects to benefit more than 13 million people.  

HOPE International Japan's countrywide mission is to assist those in poverty-stricken Cambodia in constructing wells so they have clean water to drink and use for growing crops to feed their families, which they can then sell to others to earn an income.

With HOPE International Japan becoming more well-known in the community, I expect next year's gala event to be even bigger and better. For those of you living in Kansai, I hope to see you there.







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