Japan Society of Fairfield County
Pre Thanksgiving Banquet, Nov. 12,  2006

WaFoo Pre-Thankgiving Banquet for the Homeless: For the 13th consecutive year our Japan Society members celebrated this quintessential American holiday by sharing the harvest with homeless individuals and families from the Stamford area at St. Luke’s Lifeworks’ Woodland Place Center on Sunday, November 12, 2006. Flowers decorated the tables, which were covered with festive orange tablecloths. This year we were very fortunate to have new member Takeshi Asai and his jazz group WaFoo perform during the banquet. WaFoo consists of  Yuuki Koike, Flute, Alto Sax; Masashi Sonoda, Bass; Takeshi Asai, Piano; Ippei Ichimaru, Cello, Percussion, Guitar; Kazuo Nakamura, Bass; and Yutaka Uchida, Drums. We all enjoyed a delicious main course Thanksgiving repast provided by Union Enterprises, plus an abundance of Japanese delicacies and desserts brought by Society members. Nancy and Vernon Beck brought pumpkin pie; Dustin and Laura Bunch, fruity pistachio fluff; Chiko and Tom Hedberg, stir fry; Marcia Howard, Jello molds;Simone Ingram, fruit salad and clementines; Marcia Jones and Gokuen Akyol, cakes and donuts;  Letty Militana, popcorn and nuts; Joan Rolnick, clementines; Hiroko and Harry Sakamaki, Japanese sweets; Seiichi and Joyce Shinomiya, chirashi sushi; Nina Streitfeld, pies; Madeleine Sullivan, tort. The Japan Society of Fairfield County is the only Japan Society known to reach out to its community in this way.
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