line-dancing-for-webOrange Coast Optimist Club presented “Dancing for Miracles V,” a benefit for Asians for Miracle Matches (A3M), on Nov. 12 at Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim. The event included line dancing lessons (above) and live music, ranging from Motown to current hits, by Kokoro (below).


kobata-mistrySpeaking on behalf of A3M were Krissy Kobata and Development Director Madhuri Mistry. Kobata, who was honorary co-chair of the event, has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), which can only be cured by a bone marrow transplant from a compatible donor, most likely someone half Japanese and half Caucasian like her. For more information, visit or

nw-court-and-winnerMembers of the Nisei Week Court sold raffle tickets and participated in the drawing. From left: Princess Kaya Minezaki, Princess Shannon Tsumaki, emcee Terry Hara, raffle winner Pat Chow, First Princess Megan Ono, Princess April Nishinaka, Princess Heather Iwata.
isozakiakimiLeft: Paul Isozaki, honorary event co-chair, discussed leukemia patients’ need for bone marrow donors. Other speakers included Mark Nakao, past president of OCO. Right: Dance instructor Akimi on the dance floorl

Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

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