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Raise The Flag At Five

April 07, 2011 14:07 ET

Raise The Flag At Five to Support Japan Relief Effort; 100% of Proceeds to Benefit Japan Directly

Japanese Festival Partners With JCCCNC to Say "Thank You" and Will Raise Massive Flag At Five to Japan for Their Help Pulling SF out of the Rubble... 105 Years Later

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2011) - Please join us Saturday April 16 from 3PM to 7PM as the Cherry Blossom Festival comes to a close in the main square of Japan Town for Raise The Flag At Five, a relief fundraising event for San Francisco citizens to come together to support the ongoing relief effort for Japan.

Raise The Flag At Five has partnered with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), a non-profit organization that created the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the relief effort in Japan to aid the devastation that has overcome the country.

Raise The Flag At Five begins at 3pm. Attendees will enjoy incredible Japanese inspired cuisine, beer specials courtesy of Sapporo, and other hosted drink specials, local music acts, a live performance by Al Jardine (original member of the Beach Boys), special guests and local celebrities. There will also be a silent auction featuring the generous donations of local businesses and private donors. All of these event details will be highlighted with the special unveiling of a massive flag with the insignia -- "S.F.CARES".

The 150 ft flag will be unrolled by a group of volunteers in the middle of Post Street at 5pm. A photographer in a helicopter will capture the scene below and that photo will be sent around the world to symbolize gratitude, inspiration and support. A goal is to inspire other cities around the United States to host their own Raise The Flag At Five Event.

"San Francisco is one of the most philanthropic, globally connected communities in the world," said Gian Paolo Veronese, an event organizer. "This is an opportunity to show the world that San Francisco cares. Just by attending, people will be helping Japan recover from this tragedy, and helping to make history."

During the 1906 earthquake, known as San Francisco's darkest hour, the country of Japan was the largest contributor to San Francisco aid relief and was an integral partner in rebuilding the city of San Francisco, restoring this great city, giving it the chance to become what it is today.

Those who cannot attend may show their support by donating at the event website --

When: Saturday April 16
Time: 3PM to 7PM
Flag Unveiling: 5PM
Where: Japan Town - Peace Plaza on Post Street

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) was established as a California 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization in 1973. The JCCCNC currently serves 185,000 individuals of all ages and backgrounds annually. Our primary mission is to build a sense of community, by preserving our culture, heritage and history through action. The JCCCNC acts as a focal point for the Japanese American community and strives to meet the most pressing needs of the Japanese American community. We also conduct numerous goodwill exchange programs between the United States and Japan. In spring of 2009 the JCCCNC led a tour to Sendai, Japan.

The Relief Fund

The Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund was established by the JCCCNC to help the victims of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami which took place on March 11, 2011. Our relief campaign is a community based and volunteer driven effort. 100% of the donations received are going directly to citizen relief efforts that are actively on the ground providing support to the victims through the National YMCAs of Japan and other Non-Governmental Organizations that the JCCCNC has very long relationships with since the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake centered in Kobe. The funds will focus on supporting the victims and those who need it most but are often forgotten, the elderly, children, the physically and mentally challenged and the migrant communities.

At this time, the JCCCNC is only accepting monetary donations. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law and will be acknowledged.

The Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund is a three-fold plan over the next several months: Relief (Meeting immediate life saving and survival needs), Recovery (Creating sustainability, temporary shelters and housing needs, Post Traumatic Stress counseling, supplies for children, families and seniors), Rebuilding (Supporting community and neighborhood capital and improvement projects and programs).

Although the JCCCNC and its partners are taking no administrative fees, there are still fees for online and credit card transactions. The fees are taken out prior to the JCCCNC receiving the donations, so that is why we state that "100% of the donations received will go toward relief efforts." However, there are no processing or service fees if donations are made directly to the JCCCNC in the form of checks.

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