March 19, 2009

Yesterday I went with Densho board members Tomio Moriguchi and Mari Horita to the Muckleshoot Casino to accept a check for the very nice sum of $10,000. (Mari is pictured on the right, with Muckleshoot Public Affairs Specialist Madrienne Salgado.) The Muckleshoot tribal council hosted a lunch and invited a roomful of lucky grant recipients. We were impressed by the depth, breadth, and diversity of the tribe’s philanthropy. The long list of nonprofits that received grants do everything from feeding and housing people, nurturing troubled youth, mentoring college students, preserving woodlands, presenting arts and culture, and on and on. In addition to Densho, other Japanese American groups were in the crowd. Talk about a feel-good event. Many folks remarked on the tough economic times as they accepted their checks — but everyone seems resolved to work harder. Densho is in good company.