A concert organized by the Japanese Cultural Association raised $10,417 to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The total includes a $2,000 donation from Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, who pledged the donation if the JCA was able to match that amount through money raised at the concert. The concert, held on March 20, included performances by a variety of student groups, including bands, a cappella groups, breakdancing, and spoken word. Admission to the concert was free, with a $4 donation suggested. The concert also included a silent auction of gift certificates from area businesses, which raised $898. All money raised is going to the Japanese Red Cross to aid disaster victims. Donated items came from nearly two dozen businesses and individuals, including Tokyo Restaurant, Fellini Pizzeria, Angkor, The Duck and Bunny, Z Bar and Grill, Sawaddee, Juniper, Haruki East, Berks, Brickway, Coffee Exchange, Taste of India, Blue State, Nice Slice, Kabob & Curry, Kafe Zog/Geoff’s, Au Bon Pain, Shiatsu Therapist Karlo Berger, Barbara Tannenbaum from the Theater, Speech & Dance Department, Rhode Island New Mom’s Connection.

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