To benefit Japan, local writers and authors offered a night of storytelling and prose at the Reader’s Loft on Friday, March 25, 2011. The group raised $1,919.51 to support the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Response efforts.
“People came out to listen to our stories, bid on auction items, and get involved as a community to help Japan recover,” stated Nancy Nabak, one of the organizers of the event.
Special guest, Mayuko Usui, who is from Japan, spoke to the group about her experience of the quake and tsunami. Usui , whose mother-in-law lives in Green Bay, came to the U.S. one week ago with her daughter to have a safer place to live while things are yet uncertain in Japan. Her husband, a teacher in Tokyo, stayed behind.
Usui talked about escalating prices and said it cost $3,000 for airline tickets for her and her one year old. Continuing tremors, radiation, water safety concerns, and rolling black outs were a part of her everyday life. Though, throughout all of this turmoil, she noted, “No one is complaining.”
Legacies Arts Project, LLC also got involved by donating for auction watercolor depictions of the earthquake and tsunami created by people with early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
The event was sponsored by the Writers’ Relief Group of Green Bay.