Ron Ohata with his family: Associate and ELP '14 Lauren Ohata and Council Leader Fujie Ohata (Photo by Joel Chang)
Congratulations to Council Leader Ron Ohata for receiving the 2019 Community Spirit Award from the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)! He was recognized for his work in the Japanese American community, including serving as the President of the Japanese American Bar Association and Legal Counsel of the JACL Pacific Southwest District, and helping build the Teramachi Housing for seniors. Aside from Ron's wife Fujie and daughter Lauren, who are both USJC members, many familiar faces were at JACCC’s 39th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner, which took place on June 8. USJC sponsors The Toshizo Watanabe Foundation, The Terasaki Family Foundation, and MUFG Union Bank were all recipients of the 2019 Chairman Award. Many more members were among the dinner organizers and guests. (Associate and ELP '13 Craig Ishii was a recipient of last year's Community Spirit Award, for his work with Kizuna and other organizations.) Congratulations to everyone!