San Francisco bicultural program raises $22,000 for Japanese relief 

A San Francisco Japanese bilingual bicultural program raised $22,000 in a last-minute fundraiser to help the victims affected by the earthquake and tsunami last week.

According to the San Francisco Unified School District officials when parents heard of the quake -- which struck off the coast of Japan, March 10 and registered at a 9.0 magnitude -- they sprung in to action to organize a fundraiser to help with relief.

That fundraiser was held Wednesday at Clarendon Elementary School, home to the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, and raised $22,000.

The community event included an auction and raffle with an autographed Tim Lincecum baseball donated by the San Francisco Giants, a pot luck dinner, Japanese taiko drumming, singing and Shamisen music.

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