2015 Holiday Gala and Auction Raises Funds for JASH

Junior Ambassadors welcome guests to the Holiday Gala

On December 3, 2015, a sold-out group of nearly 250 JASH members and guests attended the JASH Holiday Gala and Auction at the Pomaika’i Ballrooms at the Dole Cannery Iwilei to raise funds for the Society.

Live auction bidders show support for a worthy cause

This networking event featured a night of fun and fabulous finds, including vacation packages to Japan, New York and Alaska; VIP San Francisco Giants Baseball tickets with travel package; rounds of golf with lunch at the exclusive Waialae Country Club; restaurant and shopping center gift cards; holiday décor, and rare experiences such as a private tour and tea at the Pearl City Urban Center’s Rose Garden and lunch aboard a Matson container vessel.

The evening opened with a Silent Auction of over 125 items. Five Junior Ambassadors – eleven-year-olds who participated in this past summer’s Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention – shared a hula to the delight of the audience.

Benefit Auctioneer Sherry Truhlar leads the live auction

The evening’s Live Auction, facilitated by professional benefit auctioneer Ms. Sherry Truhlar, sparked lively bidding wars among guests who rapidly raised numbered paddles. All proceeds from the Gala are used to help JASH fulfill its mission of promoting understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and the United States.

JASH would like to thank JASH Director Ms. Jean Rolles for sponsoring our volunteers, Benefit Auctioneer Ms. Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions, Mr. Paul Ah Cook of Paradise Beverages, Mr. Steve Sombrero, Mr. Daniel Dinell and Hawaii Coffee Company, the staff at Pomaika’i Ballrooms, and our many donors and volunteers.

Holiday Gala guests congregate at the checkout table after the auction