The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is celebrating its 40 year anniversary by hosting a virtual gala on Saturday Oct. 10.
For the last five years, the annual event was celebrated with a formal gala. But due to the global pandemic, the online format was adopted.
There has never been a more important time to support Little Tokyo and the community,” said Erich Nakano, executive director of LTSC. “The gala is an exciting event that brings together people who genuinely want to make a difference.”
The virtual gala will recognize the former executive director of the LTSC, Dean Hojo Matsubayashi, after he battled an aggressive cancer of the brain stem, according to an obituary published online.
Salutes to center board member activist Alan Nishio and Los Angeles Supervisor Hilda Solis for supporting LTSC programs will also be awarded during the virtual event.
“We face greater challenges in these coming post-pandemic years, especially our most vulnerable populations – low-income families, the elderly and those experiencing homelessness,” Nakano said. “Little Tokyo Service Center will work to provide services and programs, build affordable housing and create new initiatives.”
Luigi Vernola, the former Norwalk mayor and council member who served on the city council throughout t