The Anime Expo Charity Auction gives attendees the opportunity to bid on special items such as artwork, signed items, and more that are generously donated by our Guests of Honors and sponsors. Photos of the Charity Auction items will be on display in the Entertainment Hall. Since it’s launch, the AX Charity Auction has raised over $340,000 for charitable causes, including the Japanese Red Cross Society and Children’s Hospital of Orange County and City of Hope. This year, we hope to raise support to help the victims who’ve suffered from the Tōhoku earthquake. Aid is not only needed after the earthquake’s occurrence, but also for the long-term recovery process.
Japan Society is one of the largest U.S. nonprofit organizations that is focused on building a mutual understanding and appreciation between the Unites States and Japan. Since its inception in 1907, Japan Society has continued to serve global audiences through innovative programs in public policy, business, culture, language, and education.
After Japan was hit by the Tōhoku earthquake on March 11, 2011, Japan Society immediately created the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (JERF) the following day. Its purpose serves as a disaster relief fund to aid victims who’ve suffered from the earthquake. Japan’s recovery is expected to take a minimum of five years; with this in mind, Japan Society continues to support organizations that will contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of the area. One hundred percent of all contributions to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund go straight to the organizations that directly help victims of the disaster.
Japan Society has a growing number of fund recipients who are involved in the relief and recovery of Japan, including World in Asia, Mirai Kikin, and Japan Civil Network for Disaster Relief in East Japan. As of March 2014, JERF has earmarked $13.6 million to 43 organization in support of 64 projects that focus on the reconstruction and recovery in Tōhoku.
For more information, please visit http://www.japansociety.org/earthquake