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Art lovers, those who enjoy a relaxing afternoon drink, and those who love to support a worthy cause came together in Kobe on February 2 for Art for Charity Part V: Art and Level 36. The latest installment in the popular American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) fundraising series, hosted by the ACCJ-Kansai Community Service Committee, was held at the ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe’s Restaurant & Bar Level 36. The setting offered stunning views of the Kobe skyline rivaled only by the fine art on display and for sale.

Once again, the Kitano Alley Gallery brought together 12 talented artists— including Royi Akavia, gallery owner and ACCJ Volunteer of the Year for Kansai—in support of this worthy cause. For each piece of art sold, 10 percent of the proceeds was donated to Food Bank Kansai, an organization that works hard to lend a hand to working families and families in need. While we are thankful and fortunate to make our home in such a wonderful and highly developed country, one in six children in Japan lives in poverty and struggles to have a proper meal. The ACCJ is proud to help Food Bank Kansai make a difference in their lives.

One way in which the chamber con­tributed to this cause was through the entrance fee, which for each guest included the cost of a two-kilogram bag of rice.

One parent said, through Food Bank Kansai’s monthly update: “The rice is an immense help. It is especially meaningful during Christmas and New Year’s, and we are moved by the kindness and generosity of others.”

To ensure that Food Bank Kansai received maximum benefit from the event, ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe General Manager Ian Ekers generously waived the entire venue cost. This allowed all en­trance fees to be donated to the organization. A very heartfelt thanks to Ekers and his crew!

Ian Ekers
ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe
general manager

As part of the entrance fee, guests were treated to an original print by Akavia and a gorgeous spread of canapés and cocktails.

The exhibition continued at Level 36 through April 1, and 10 percent of the proceeds from each piece of art sold through that date were to be donated to Food Bank Kansai.

If you missed the event and would like to help, watch for details of the next installment of the Art for Charity series here in The ACCJ Journal and on the ACCJ website in the months to come. The event is held on an annual or semi­annual basis, and we look forward to continuing our support for the com­munity and Food Bank Kansai, while sharing the wonderful work of talented artists.

Robert Smailes is chair of the ACCJ-Kansai Community Service Committee
Once again, the Kitano Alley Gallery brought together 12 talented artists . . . in support of this worthy cause.