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Obbligato invites people to 'eat by donation'

Date Posted: 2011-12-30

It’s a simple concept, and one that warms the heart: eat a free meal at a party provided and sponsored by Obbligato Mexican Restaurant and Tortilla Factory LLC, then make a hearty donation to charity.

The Friday event is now in its seventh year, with customers visiting and eating free, then contributing to the collection boxes that support a children’s home, “Chura-Sato” and disaster-stricken areas of Japan’s March 11th Earthquake mainly through NPO corporation, “Asia Child Support”. Obbligato owners call it “local mingling work” based on the company’s premise that “everybody’s harmonious.”

The staff is working the day as volunteers, and traders and vendors that do business with the company donate some ingredients of the food. The event will welcome Okinawan personality Chika Takami as guest staff member for the day. For customers, it’s a day of eating heartily while enjoying a performance by the island’s most energetic salsa band, Kachimba 1551.

Many of the proceeds will go to Chura-Sato children’s home in the Chibana district of Okinawa city. The facility offers livelihood support for children who cannot live together with their parents because of various reasons, including instances of child abuse by parents. In the facility, high school, junior-high, and elementary children live together with pre-school age kids, helping each other.

This year, Obbligato and Tortilla Factory LLC will contribute the donations to “Chura-Sato Children self-supporting support party”, a move that covers costs of children’s entrance into a school, promotion and even getting driver’s licenses.

During Friday’s charitable event, children from the facility will come and participate in the event.

Kunio Takara, the Chura-Sato Children’s Home head will address the staff and customers to thank everyone for their community support.

Obbligato is also lending support to “Asia Child Support”, a group supporting children in Asian developing countries. Asia Child Support Director Kaoru Tamaki explains that his organization’s philosophy is to “promote interest and enthusiasm in aiding youngsters,” explaining “it’s not only support costs and proceeds that make a difference, but also an understanding grasp of the fact that for most people that live under sad circumstances in Asia, and ongoing long-time support is needed.”

When the Tohoku Earthquake struck March 11th, the group quickly set up a Support Center in Sendai, where it continues to provide support to this day. Obbligato and Tortilla Factory LLC will apply a part of the day’s donations to the Japan Earthquake Funds through Asia Child Support.

The Obbligato’s Eat-to Donate charity event runs 10 a.m. ~ 2 p.m. Friday at the Kadena Town Rotary open space, next to the Kadena Town Office.

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