Japan Society of Fairfield County
Philanthrpoic Programs

1995:  $5140 sent through American Red Cross for relief from Great Hanshin (Kobe) Earthquake.
1997:  $2000 relief from the Red River Flood in North Dakota.

We have run the following programs at Nursing Homes:
Cultural Program at Waveny Care Center, July 22 & 23, 2010, New Canaan
Sumie Class at Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home, January 31, 2008

Pre-Thanksgiving Banquet

Our organization is unique among Japan Societies in that we sponsor an annual philanthropic event, namely a Pre-Thanksgiving Banquet for the Homeless.  This event allows us to share Japanese culture with people that are often overlooked and allows our Japanese members to experience an American holiday.  It also honors the traditions of both the United States and Japan, as world leaders in providing foreign aid. In recent years we have run this event in conjunction with Union Enterprises and the people of Union Baptist Church.  We welcome additional support for this event.

On November 15th, 2009, we celebrated our Society’s 16th annual Pre-Thanksgiving Banquet at St. Luke’s Lifeworks’ in Stamford. 2009_PreThanksgiving_Banquet    2008_PreThanksgiving_Banquet    2007_PreThanksgiving_Banquet    2006_PreThanksgiving_Banquet    2005_PreThanksgiving_Banquet

The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in Massachusetts.  They shared their harvest bounty with their native Indian neighbors, who had helped them survive their first winter in the New World.  At this time we will act in the spirit of that original Thanksgiving by sharing our bounty with individuals and families in our community who are in difficulties and need friendship and encouragement. 

This is a very warm and meaningful event that provides cheer and hope for those we befriend as the holiday season approaches.  You will find participating a truly rewarding experience.

Participating members bring a dessert or a Japanese delicacy for approximately 12 people.  In total we feed about 175 people.  

Banquet team 2003 Pre-Thanksgiving
Tracy Hudson, St Lukes Lifeworks
Dr. Vernon Beck, JSFC
William Callion, Union Enterprises
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