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For this year’s flagship corporate social responsibility event, the ACCJ Charity Ball, we wanted to share with our members and friends some of the excitement the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is bringing to our community. Few cities have had the privilege of hosting one of the world’s foremost sports competitions, at which athletes from 206 nations and territories in 2020 will compete. The 2019 American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Charity Ball on December 7 will help build the excitement heading into 2020 as we give our all to help those in need.

The Saturday evening will feature stellar music, including that of Steve “Mr. Killakeys” Wilkerson, who we are fortunate to have joining us again this year. Taking a break from his usual stomping grounds in the Deep South, Wilkerson will bring his unique style and mastery of the piano to Olympic themes. He’s thrilled to be back to perform with some of Tokyo’s top local talent.

Joining Steve will be Argie Phine, a singer of enormous versatility from South Carolina who has shared the stage with such greats as Randy Travis, Michael Bolton, Ayumi Hamasaki, and Yuji Oda, as well as regularly appearing on Fuji Television and TV Tokyo. To add to the excitement, there will be a special appearance by Jenna and members of Gospel Square, one of Japan’s largest gospel groups.

Once the dance floor opens, The Conductors, a popular Tokyo band, will get us out of our chairs for the evening. Marcus Pittman leads on vocals and saxophone, with Phine adding her soulful voice, backed by a full funky horn section to lift the party.

Inspired by the ancient Games first held in Olympia, Greece, we reached out to the Embassy of Greece in Tokyo and Thana Fragkis to have our menu designed with a distinct Greek flair. And, with the help of our faithful local purveyors Hotei, Iconic, Grape-off, A-Wines, and Nostimia, a selection of wine was chosen at the Charity Ball Wine Taste-off on October 2 at The Place of Tokyo. Hotei and Iconic were the winning vendors.

While the annual Charity Ball is, of course, an evening of great food, drinks, and fun, its ultimate purpose is to enable the ACCJ to support important causes and initiatives in the community. Our entertainers—and all those who lend a helping hand—give back in countless ways. They have all been most generous with their time to make this evening special. We hope you will join us to celebrate the ACCJ’s wins this year as we raise funds for our very worthy charities!

Steve Wilkerson, Argie Phine, and Marcus Pittman