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Bayside Church and Mikuni join to provide relief for Japan

Group hopes to raise $75,000 for Japan with special evening of sushi, auctions and entertainment
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Bayside Church and Mikuni Restaurant Group, Inc. are joining together to help those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami with a special evening of dining and entertainment on Wednesday, March 30.

Mikuni executive chef Taro Arai will make sushi, and other restaurant partners will also prepare food. There will be art auctions and entertainment featuring Japanese taiko drums at Bayside Church in Granite Bay.

The group hopes to raise up to $75,000 from the fundraiser.

“Our heart goes out to those affected by this tragic event,” said Bayside Senior Pastor Ray Johnston, in a press release. “We have been inundated from our attendees with a desire to help. So we decided to provide an opportunity to learn about the Japanese culture — its food, art and music — while helping those in need. Mr. Arai attends many of our events here at Bayside and we both share the same heart and love for people. It should be a great evening of giving, learning and healing.”

Mikuni embarked on its own efforts to help earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan by offering the Mikuni “Rescue Roll” to guests in its restaurants. All sales of this roll will be donated toward relief efforts in Japan.

“We have been so touched by the outpouring of support from our community,” Arai said. “We are not only thankful for Bayside’s partnership in hosting this evening with us, but also the heart of those that attend here who desire to serve and help. We are honored to represent the Japanese culture in this way, and to serve our fellow Japanese people even from 5,000 miles away.”

In addition to ticket sales, the groups hope to raise funds through the auctions and the sale of art created onsite by nationally recognized performance artist David Garibaldi. The artist, who creates 6-foot portraits of pop icons, celebrities and more in just minutes to music, will craft three paintings during the evening that will be auctioned to benefit the fundraiser.

Proceeds from the evening will go to World Vision International and Covenant World Relief. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that has worked in Japan for more than two decades.

Covenant World Relief is the humanitarian aid ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. They will work in partnership with the local Japan Covenant Church to meet the needs of those affected by this tragedy.

~ Staff report

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Bayside Church and Mikuni fundraiser for Japan

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30

Where: Bayside Church, 8191 Sierra College Blvd. in Granite Bay

Cost: Tickets are $75 per person and will only be sold in advance online and at Bayside’s weekend worship services.

Info: Appetizers and silent auction begin at 6:00 p.m. The dinner at 6:30 p.m. includes food, musical performance of traditional Japanese taiko drums from Sacramento Taiko Dan, auctions and more. For tickets or to make a donation, visit http://www.baysideonline.com/ or call (916) 791-1244.