Karen Yoshitomi was the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) PNW Regional Office Director (National Staff) for over 22 years. Her office was in the ID. Last year, Karen resigned to be Executive Director for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. The Seattle JACL used the Banquet as an occasion to give Karen a surprise (unannounced) “Tomodachi” award for her years of service and friendship for the Seattle JACL. Karen, was caught completely off guard.
Other award winners included Union Bank and Tim Otani. The were recognized for years of support to the Seattle JACL and the community. Ngoc Dinh presented the Sam Shoji Unsung Hero Award to Stan Shikuma Seattle JACL’s incoming president, Sarah Baker presented the Community Service Award to Wing Luke Board Co-president Ellen Ferguson. (end)