This year marks the 20th anniversary of the ascension to the throne of the emperor of Japan. It follows on the heels of the 50th wedding anniversary of Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Dec. 23 is also Akihito’s birthday. In honor of these occasions, the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle celebrated during its annual holiday party. About 250 people attended the event held at the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
Hyeok Kim, the executive director of the InterIm Community Development Association (ICDA), was recently named as one of the 54 Marshall Memorial Fellows for 2010 through the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). The GMF is a nonpartisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe.
Ikeda previously worked as the product group general manager at Microsoft. He has received awards including the Humanities Washington Award, NPower Innovation Award for innovative technology by a nonprofit (Densho), and Washington State Historical Society David Douglas Award (Densho) within the past 5 years.
Cindy Y. Chen, a licensed mental health counselor, opened her office in the Fremont neighborhood. With a doctorate degree in psychology, Chen strives to help her patients improve their quality of life.
Mark Okazaki, Neighborhood House Executive Director, is cochair of a 12-member advisory committee that will vote Dec. 14 on who will complete the final year of King County Executive Dow Constantine’s unexpired term. Constantine resigned as council member after he was elected county executive.
City University of Seattle held its inaugural Global Innovations Gala and Awards at the Four Seasons in Seattle. The event raised $25,000, and about 200 people were in attendance. Martha Choe, chief administrative officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was the keynote speaker.
The show was held at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel in the Spanish Ballroom. The show benefitted Camp Korey in Carnation, Wash. Five children from the Seattle area who each attended Camp Korey wore an outfit on the runway designed by Luly. The show raised $50,000.
The two met salsa dancing at Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill. Guests at the wedding were the couple’s friends and family from San Francisco and New York. The couple’s golden retriever was the ring bearer during the ceremony.
Seth Campos, who is only 14 years old, signed copies of his comic strip compilation book, “Welcome to Beeky Airlines,” at the 2009 Northwest Holiday Arts Gift Show. Campos’ book is a humorous work that promotes literacy in a fun way.
A crowd gathered at the Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant to raise $115,000 for the next stage of construction on the Seattle Chinese Garden’s (SCGS) Knowing the Spring Courtyard. Honorary co-chairs and hosts of the event were Christine and Omar Lee, owners of the Great Wall Mall in Renton. They donated meals to 230 guests.