Flathead Valley Community College raised nearly $2,000 for the Japanese Red Cross Society through a raffle sponsored by Flathead Valley Community College Phi Theta Kappa and the local Japanese community.
Prizes included a framed photo by local photographer Sumio Harada whose works have been published in National Geographic, among many other publications; a framed print by local artist Tamami Journey; a framed Japanese calligraphy by local artist Yuji Morisaki; a private Japanese cooking class by FVCC cooking instructors Ai Yuasa-Green and Yoshiko Konopka; a gift basket of hand-made Japanese crafts by Atsuko Snyder and Keiko Yuasa; and three framed prints donated by the Good Medicine Lodge in Whitefish. In addition, prizes included pottery works by local artists Tom Gilfillan, owner of Whitefish Pottery, Stephanie Sequin, Ben Corum, Joseph Pesina, Casey Giakis, Randy Becker, Cheri McCrummen and Mariah Williams.
All prizes were donated by the artists. Other supporters of the effort included Montana House of Apgar Village, Rosauers Supermarkets, Kalispell Center Mall, Whitefish Pottery and Three Rivers Bank.
The funds raised will support the Japanese Red Cross Society Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
For more information, contact Rocky Journey at 756-3814 or at email@example.com.