Sebastopol World Friends (SWF) will host a Sister City Friendship Dinner on Saturday, November 2. It will be held at the Enmanji Buddhist Temple Memorial Hall (1200 Gravenstein Highway S, Sebastopol). Door opens at 5:30 and dinner and the program start at 6 p.m.
All you can eat buffet-style dinner themed “Where Sushi Meets Borsch” will showcase food from Ukraine and Japan, where Sebastopol has its two sister cities: Takeo, Japan and Chyhyryn, Ukraine. The Burevisnyky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Sonoma County Taiko are back for cultural entertainment. Suggested donation amounts are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Proceeds from this year’s silent auction will be donated to Takeo World Friends for their rebuilding effort after the recent flooding disaster. In August, torrential rain in southwestern Japan caused extensive damages from flooding and landslides in the large area in Takeo. Hundreds of households were forced to evacuate. Meg Mizutani, Takeo Committee Chair says, “Many of our friends in Takeo City were directly impacted by this disaster as their houses and businesses were severely damaged. Our sister city friends sent us their love and generous support after the wildfires in 2017. Now it’s our turn to reciprocate their kindness. We would like to ask our community members to join us in supporting the rebuilding effort in Takeo.”
SWF was organized as a Sebastopol City Commission in 1985. Since then, it has been active with its two sister cities: Chyhyryn and Takeo. SWF’s goal is to work toward “World Peace, One Friend at a Time,” by bringing sister city citizens together through youth and adult citizens’ homestay exchange programs. Hundreds of Sebastopol youth and adult citizens have participated in the program as grass-roots diplomacy ambassadors. In 2014, SWF received a Best Overall Program award from Sister Cities International.
For more information about the Friendship Dinner and the Sebastopol World Friends, contact Sebastopol World Friends at 707-347-9339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sebastopol World Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.