Dear JET Alumni and Friends:
Over the past month and a half, there has been an outpouring of support from the JET community nationwide for our friends in Japan. On Saturday, April 9, JETAA Chicago held a fundraiser at the Floating World Gallery to benefit the earthquake relief effort. More than 120 people attended and we were able to raise over $7000. In addition to the drinks and appetizer, there were three live bands plus a silent auction and raffle. Special thanks go to Shannon Copp, Christine O’Reilly and Jessie Spooner, who worked tirelessly to make the event a success. Sarah Miller, Kristin Kutella, Amber Sands, Andrew Osanka and Ryan Christie also stepped up and helped in a big way. I would also like to thank the owners and staff at the Floating World Gallery who generously opened their space to us and enabled this event to happen.
On a national level, JETAA USA has been working hard to coordinate and support all of our efforts. The NY Chapter moved quickly to establish the JETAA USA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the official relief for the 19 JETAA USA chapters. For more information on this fund, visit www.jetaausa.com.
Additionally, a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General of Public Diplomacy was sent to JETAA Chicago in regards to the work the JETAA Chicago community has performed by raising relief funds and awareness after the tragedy last month in Japan. Please read the full letter here.
Again, thanks to all the alumni and friends of JET who support our efforts. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events soon.