Kawakubo’s Fundraiser for Japan was an immense success
By David F. Rooney
The Kawakubo Restaurant’s Fundraiser for Japan proved to be an immense success Sunday. Not only were all 300 tickets sold out but organizers were confident that the event would surpass their early fundraising estimates.
“When we started talking about this last Friday we thought we might be able to raise $10,000,” said Keith Stevenson, one of the restaurant’s two co-owners.
Well, they earned more than that. Ticket sales alone amounted to $10,500 and the restaurant covered all of the food and liquor costs. As well, there were raffles and silent auction items donated by 65 local businesses and individuals. While the actual amount raised may not be known until Wednesday, it could be double the original estimates.
The people who attended the Sunday evening event, which was treated to music by Maritime Kitchen Party, were more than happy to contribute to relief of Japan, which — as we have all seen in detail on TV — has been devastated by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, an overwhelming tsunami and now a crippled nuclear reactor. The suffering and destruction has been immense and Revelstoke’s reaction has, for such a small town, been huge.
Historically, we have shared suffering and grief with the Japanese through the 1910 Avalanche and have sought to commemorate the Japanese workers who died in that event. Now, we are reaching out once again in friendship to help those who are suffering in Japan today.
Well done, Kawakubo. Well done, Revelstoke.
Here are a few images of the fundraiser that I hope you will enjoy: