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As lead organizer for Rockin' Ramen and on behalf of Taiko Swing Humboldt ("Taiko Swings up to Humboldt," Sept. 12), we express our deep appreciation to nearly 100 volunteers, donors and sponsors who helped make our event, Rockin' Ramen, such a successful fundraiser. We raised more than $7,000 for local performances of Swingposium on the road in January of 2020. Swingposium celebrates the big band music and swing dance that was a source of hope in the WWII Japanese American incarceration camps. Thank you to more than 200 community members who attended and helped us reach our fundraising goal.

Kudos and gratitude to those providing food, drink and entertainment for Rockin' Ramen: Chef Johnny Honda of The Pub and crew for delicious ramen; sponsors Booth Brewing Co. and Little Japan Market; Gregg Moore's Bandemonium aka Chindon-Zakura, Japanese street music band; Gary Ronne's Taiko drummers; and Jessica Eden and FiredArts potters' beautiful hand-turned ramen bowls.

Deep appreciation to our silent auction donors: A & L Feed, Alan Sanborn, All Under Heaven, Ann Lindsay, Annette Makino, Arcata Animal Hospital, Art Center, Bayfront Restaurant, Bee Hunter Wines, Bubbles, Carrie Oyama, Essential Elements Spa, Eureka Natural Foods, Hilliard Lamps, Iris Schencke, Jennifer Smith Massage, Joan Gold, Josh Fox Bread, Joyce King, Karla Austin, Mad River Gardens, Maureen McGarry, Nick Dedini, North Town Books, Obento Humboldt, Onyx Salon, Pacific Mindfulness, Patricia Sennott, Paula's Puzzles, Phyllis & Darryl Chinn & Sue Mossman, Plaza Grill, Redwood Yogurt, Rees Hughes, Revolution Bicycles, Rumplesilkskin, Scoop, Scrap Humboldt, Sheri Woo, Spring Garrett, Thimbleberry Threads, Tibora Girczyc-Blum and Tomo Restaurant.


Marylyn Paik-Nicely, McKinleyville

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