Nikkei Concerns hosted their 40th anniversary gala on October 23, with almost 1,000 people in attendance. A new logo and website were revealed at the event to accompany the previously announced name change to Keiro Northwest.
The gala celebrated the past and the future of the health and wellness organization as one community making an impact in their community. The remaining two Nikkei Concerns founders, Tomio Moriguchi and Tosh Okamoto, participated in a Q-and-A and were honored at the event.
Multiple parts of programming that night raised funds for Keiro Northwest programs, and donations continue to arrive. The raise-the-paddle segment alone raised $183,000.
Keiro Northwest was established out of a growing concern of culturally sensitive nursing care for the aging first-generation Japanese-Americans. The organization has since grown to two major elderly care facilities in the International District and a slew of health related programs in Seattle and Bellevue.
The newest program from Keiro Northwest is NC Club, an in-home care program. NC Club is still in its pilot stage. Nikkei Concerns will officially become Keiro Northwest on Jan. 1, 2016.
To read more about Nikkei Concerns as it enters its 40th year, visit http://www.nikkeiconcerns.org/.