The creation of a balloon tower was one of the team challenges at last year's Family Showdown. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)
The creation of a balloon tower was one of the team challenges at last year’s Family Showdown. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

GARDENA — Kizuna announced that its third annual Family Showdown event is set for Saturday, May 17, at Gardena Valley Baptist Church.

Just as in previous years, this multi-generational fundraising event will bring together families, friends and community for a night of games, food and friendly competition.

The Family Showdown, one of Kizuna’s major fundraising programs in 2014, will feature a host of multi-generational games where teams will compete for the title of Family Showdown Champion. Last year’s games included a race to count pennies, a tofu-eating contest, a balloon tower contest, a round of bingo, and a Rafu scavenger hunt.

Community members are invited to put together teams of family members and friends to compete in the various challenges throughout the evening. Kizuna also encourages teams to coordinate team outfits to show team spirit during the event.

“Last year’s event was a huge success. Participants had a lot of fun cheering on their teams in smaller mini-competitions. We’re excited for more new games this year and we hope that everyone comes ready to have a great time with a bit of friendly competition,” said Craig Ishii, Kizuna executive director.

“Most importantly, participants will have a chance to learn more about Kizuna and the work that we’re doing to build a future for the Japanese American community. We hope to be able to spread the word about our programs for elementary school students all the way through young adults.”

Sponsorships are now available at these levels: MVP ($5,000), Champion ($2,500), All-Star ($1,000), Family ($500) and Community ($500, for nonprofit organizations). General registration is currently open.

For more information, visit the event webpage at or contact Ishii at (213) 973-4465 or

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