SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF), a bilingual and multicultural childcare organization in San Franciscoâ€™s Japantown, recently held a â€œSpring Socialâ€ for its supporters to kick off the agencyâ€™s 35th anniversary celebration. The event was a part of the year-long celebration and took place at Yoshiâ€™s Jazz Club in San Franciscoâ€™s Fillmore District.
NLF recently announced that it met its capital campaign goal of $2.2 million to fund the purchase and renovation of the historic 1830 Sutter Street building. â€œNLF is ecstatic to celebrate these important milestones with friends and supporters of our community,â€ said Cathy Inamasu, Executive Director of NLF. Formally known as the Japanese YWCA, the building was entrusted to NLF as part of the settlement of a community-supported lawsuit to save the building.
NLF is now embarking on a $300,000 Building Preservation Fund to ensure the continued upkeep of the Sutter Street facility for use by future generations, and to honor the legacy of the Issei women who built it. â€œWith the help of our community friends and supporters, we are confident that we can accomplish this goal,â€ said Inamasu.
During the reception, NLFâ€™s Board Chair, Adrienne Shiozaki Woo, raised a toast in honor of Hatsuro â€œHatsâ€ Aizawa and his wife Amey, who recently announced that one-third of a newly formed Aizawa Family Trust will go towards NLF. The evening ended with an electrifying performance by Jake Shimabukuro on ukulele, with a repertoire that incorporated elements of jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock.
Upcoming events to celebrate NLFâ€™s 35th anniversary will include an unveiling/dedication ceremony of the Tateuchi Auditorium to be held in November. The event will feature an original performance by Brenda Wong Aoki, who is acclaimed as one of Americaâ€™s foremost solo performing artists. Plans are also underway for a Family Day in December, which will include mochi-pounding, singing by NLF children, and a performance by Eth-Noh-Tec, featuring award-winning storytellers Robert Kikuchi and Nancy Wong.
For more information about NLF or to contribute to the Building Preservation Fund, visit NLFâ€™s website at www.nlfchildcare.org or call (415) 922-8898. ### Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a community-based, Japanese, bilingual and multicultural childcare organization committed to providing quality and affordable childcare services.
Cathy Inamasu, Executive Director
Nihonmachi Little Friends