Kent Comes out to Support Japan
'Kent for Japan' supports victims of earthquake, tsunami
A slew of local businesses donated prizes for the "Kent for Japan" benefit, held at the Stone Tavern, Saturday to support victims of the recent dual catastrophes in Japan.
The first half of the fundraiser was open to those 18 and older and included music from singers Saori Ogawa and Pamela Chen, cellist Anthony Jopp, erhu player Ming‐Yen Lee, and pianists Sofia Chaves, Ying Han Gan, Joanne Chang, and Danny Millan. Kent State University Jazz Combo No. 1 1 also performed, along with the Nexus String Quartet.
The second half of the night, open for people 21 and older, included performances from Isaac’s Jazz Ensemble , Steal the Spotlight and Evan Evolution .
Prizes were donated from area businesses for a raffle. Sponsors included Kent Outfitters, Guy's Pizza, McKay Bricker Framing, Defiance Tattoos, University Plaza Theatre, Einstein's Attic, Silver and Scents, Evergreen Chinese Restaurant and Buffet, All Pro Sports, Rockne's, Puff n' Stuff, Little Caesars, Scribble's Coffee Company, Bottles 101, Black Squirrel Radio, Christabel Devadoss Photography, and painters Jeff Pasek, Ciaran O'Keeffe, and Justin Roberts.
Kent for Japan is a volunteer organization created by Zach Drenski, David Steinberg, and Ben Marquis.