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Twenty-five teens are on a mission to enhance their futures and preserve their culture as it blends with American society today. The Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program presents its ninth annual Miniature Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, March 3, at Camelot Golfland, 3200 Carpenter Ave., Anaheim.

An event that’s fun for the whole family, the miniature golf tournament features two family-friendly courses, a continental breakfast, an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad lunch, and a raffle with many great prizes. All members of Rising Stars 9 (RS9) share in the effort to solicit sponsors, obtain raffle prize donations and get participants for the tournament.

Pre-sale tickets are $10. Tickets at the door will be $15. And those who do not wish to golf can still attend the raffle and eat for only $7.

The Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program was designed for high school students to enable them to learn leadership skills and inspires them to be more active in the Japanese American community through interactive workshops and cultural education. For nine long years this program has prospered, and it is up to the RS9 class to keep it going. This year’s class hopes to continue the tradition and would appreciate the support of their community.

For tournament information or to become a sponsor or donor, visit or contact Glenn Nakatani at (626) 915-5388 or

Mari McCarthy is a participant in the Nikkei Federation Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program, a five-month leadership development program for high school students designed to train leaders and to inspire youth involvement in the Japanese American community. Rising Stars is presented by the Nikkei Federation at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.

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