At this weekend's annual Hatsume Fairâ€”the 32nd edition of the museum's two-day spring festivalâ€”the Morikami will be teaming with the American Red Cross to raise much-needed funds. Please visit the Red Cross tent on the festival grounds and donate to the relief efforts. In addition, the Morikami will be hosting a moment of silence at 2:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.
A Morikami official also tells us that the organization is working with the Consul General in Miami to create a future fundraising effort.
The Hatsume Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 19 and 20. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (ages 4 to 17). The festival features three stages of entertainment, including traditional taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko and martial arts demonstrations, to go along with the many artisan and culinary booths. For more information, visit the Morikami's website.
For those who can't make the Hatsume Fair this weekend, but who are interested in supporting a relief organization involved with helping the tsunami/earthquake victims, the Morikami has put together a list of groups accepting donations, including:
American Red Cross: Donors can text REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be charged to your phone bill. Donations directly at http://www.redcross.org/
CARE: One of the worldâ€™s largest private international humanitarian organizations. http://www.care.org
Globalgiving.org: GlobalGiving is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground to disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donors can text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10, or visit http://www.globalgiving.org/
Save the Children: To make a donation, visit www.savethechildren.org, call 1-800-728-3843, or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10.
Visit the Morikami's web page of relief organizations for the complete list and additional information.