Volunteer at Japanese Heritage Night at the NY Mets

The organizers of the First Annual Japanese Heritage Night are looking for JETAANY volunteers to represent the JET Alumni Association!!

Volunteers are needed for

1. Information Tables: setting up and manning two tables with info on Japanese and Japanese Americans
2. Pre-Game performance: coordiinating taiko and bon dance participants
3. Mets Spirit Awards:
coodinating Award participants
4. Transportation
JET members w/cars driving Award participants &others to & from Citi Field
5. Partnership outreach:
generating ticket donations/ funding / services from companies & individuals
6. Program
assisting with writing and production for printed program
7. Outreach
: reaching communities who are not yet aware of Japanese Heritage Night
8. Press/media
assisting with media needs, individual interviews
9. Documenting:
video, photo & reporting coverage of the event

Friday, August 27, 2010

4:15 Material for Information tables can be dropped off at Mets office

4:40 Information tables set up

5:40 Performers enter Bullpen Plaza Gate, escorted by Mets staff

6:30 Pre-game entertainment begins (20 min)
Taiko drumming by Soh Daiko “Hachidan Uchi” (10 min piece)
Obon dance “Tanko Bushi” led by Japanese Folk Institute of New York. Dance participants include people from the Japanese heritage community and friends (3 min piece)

6:50 Spirit Award Ceremony (5 min)
Awards given to the following communities and received by members of those communities.
Baseball – received by Satoru Tsufura (Nisei ballplayer) and Shuji Kato (JAA baseball league)
Military Service – Kaz Yamagushi (WWII vet) and Lt. Janelle Kuroda (Navy, active duty in Iraq)
Community Service – Suki Terada Ports and Sam Kiyomi Turner (activists, HIV AIDS, Ninth Ward)
In attendance: Ambassador Nishimiya

6:58 National Anthem sung by Kurt Sanchez Kanazawa

7:10 Game starts

(5th inning Information Tables broken down)

Also, for our pre-game event, JET alumni are invited to dance the Tanko Bushi on the Mets centerfield! It is a simple and fun bon dance honoring one’s ancestors. Here are the online instructions for the dance  and an an mp3 of the song for you to practice.

TICKETS: All JET alumni volunteering and/or dancing at Citi Field must have a ticket to the game. The Mets have made available discounted tickets in specific areas of the stadium. I believe your website has a draft of the flyer with outdated information saying that the ticket purchase cutoff was August 5. Please inform your members that discount tickets are now available until Thurs, August 26. Regular tickets can be bought on the day of the game.

To purchase:
Sign in ID: JAPAN (in caps)
Password: METS (in caps)

Discounted tickets to sections reserved for us are:
$26 – Promenade Reserved Infield (sec 508)
$41- Pepsi Porch (sec 305)
$58 Baseline Box (sec 106)
(prices do not include service charge)

Group discount sales of 25+ receive scoreboard recognition. For group sales of 25+ contact John Hazelett at 718.559.3046, Jhazelett@nymets.com. I encourage JET to have 25 alumni come as a group and support this event – this will enable you to get “JETAANY” featured on the Big Stadium Screen. A photo of this with JET alumni in foreground would be an impressive visual to show the contributions of JET-NY to Japan.

Alumni who cannot attend the game can purchase a ticket and we can give it to one of our constituents, possibly WWII veterans or Japanese families suffering from domestic violence – the children would love a night at a ballgame.

If you are interested, please contact Donna Tsufura at thedayako[at]gmail[dot]com (put JETAANY in your subject line)