Japanese American National Museum
Special Events

2009 Gala Dinner & Silent Auction
Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Pavilion: Home, Community, History— Celebrating Ten Years of Building a Legacy

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, California

5:30 PM – Silent Auction and Reception
Reception sponsored by Prudential. Seafood Buffet provided by American Fish & Seafood Co.

7:00 PM – Dinner and Program

In 2009, the Japanese American National Museum celebrates the 10th anniversary of our Pavilion opening. In the past decade, the Pavilion has been the site of our highly regarded arts and cultural exhibitions, thought-provoking public programs, and engaging family festivals, concerts and other special events. Additionally, the Pavilion’s onsite educational programs have complemented our successful outreach to thousands of students and teachers across the nation through our educator workshops, resources, and new curricula.

This year we recognize the generous support from our major Pavilion donors and highlight how their contributions have impacted the close to 100,000 Museum visitors each year. We will also pay a special tribute to former National Museum President & CEO Irene Hirano. Those set for recognition include:

  • George and Sakaye Aratani
  • Manabi and Sumi Hirasaki
  • Dr. Toshio and Chizuko Inahara
  • Siegfred “Sig” Kagawa
  • Reiso and Shizuka Miyamoto
  • Koichi and Toyo Nerio
  • George Takei
  • Paul and Hisako Terasaki
  • Taul and Sachiko Watanabe
  • Frank H. Watase
  • Shoan and Shizuko Yamauchi
  • Takeo and Miyoko Yuki Family

The dress for this evening is black-tie optional. For more information about the Annual Dinner, contact Janis Wong at 213.830.5690 or You can also contact Susan Truong at 213.830.5669 or

Parking Information
$12 Self Parking (Pre-pay service available beginning at 5:00 PM through parking attendant)
$16 Valet Parking (Pre-pay at Registration)



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