WE HEART JAPAN Raises Just Under $7,500 (US) for the People of Japan

Mar 18th 2011

Los Angeles, CA, March 17, 2011 ­ With all proceeds going to the"³Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund" (www.jcie.org/earthquake) (which provides support to organizations in Japan that are taking part in the relief effort, as well as to ensure longer-term support for local organizations working hard to rebuild their communities). Last night¹s WE HEART JAPAN project event held at MELTDOWN COMICS was a huge success raising almost $7,500.00 (US) for the people of Japan. More information can be found at www.weheartjapan.com.

Thanks to generous sponsorships and donations from HARMONY GOLD, GENEON ENTERTAINMENT, PACIFIC MEDIA EXPO, COSPLAY IN AMERICA, BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT, AM2, CRUNCHYROLL, NAN DESU KAN, SWEET STREETS LA, LOVE THE TRUTH CLOTHING, NYAF POST, ANIMATION MAGAZINE and more! WE HEART JAPAN featured a silent auction with art from Shinichi "Nabeshin" Watanabe, Cathy Clark, Zane DeGaine, Kevissimo, Dekker Dreyer, Aaron Bjork, Shibuya Girls Pop, Sam Randazzo, Sawdust Bear, Sasha Palacio, Sara Tea, Patrick Smith, Eron Rauch and many more! In addition, prizes will be raffled off over the course of the night. In addition, a special performance by the Ajuku Girls added additional excitement to all in attendance.

Special Guests Included:
Stephanie Sheh (Naruto, Bleach, Eureka 7)
Troy Baker (Generator Rex, Bleach, The Avengers)
Richard Epcar (Ghost in the Shell, Mr. Men, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe)
Wendee Lee (Cowboy Bebop, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Bleach)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Naruto, Ghost in the Shell, Silent Hill)
Daran Norris (Team America, Fairly Odd Parents, T.U.F.F. Puppy)
Liam O'Brien (Naruto, Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy, X-Men: Destiny)
Ellyn Stern (Blue Dragon, Noein, Bleach)
Michelle Ruff (Gurren Lagan, Digimon: Data Squad, Gungrave)
DC Douglas (Resident Evil, Mass Effect 2, Kyo kara Maoh!)
Crispin Freeman (Hellsing, Blood+, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Slayers)
Sam Riegel (Naruto, Yûgiô,Texhnolyze, Fallout: New Vegas)
J.B. Blanc (Darksiders, Iron Cross, The Unit, CSI: New York, Nikita)
Tony Oliver (Bleach, Robotech, Lucky Star)

Featuring music by COUNT NINJULA
Food trucks on site: PAPAS TAPAS, JOGASAKI BURRITO, and THE BOBA TRUCK
Free drinks provided by ARTA TEQUILA, COMIKAZE EXPO, and H2OM WATER

About WE HEART JAPAN We Heart Japan is a collective of anime and comic industry professionals who want to give back to the community. We Heart Japan is throwing a couple charity events this month to benefit Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster relief efforts; the first being an art auction with signings, and the second being a movie screening later this month. More information can be found at www.weheartjapan.com.


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