Seattle Fundraising Magic

Strange things happen at shows, and my Photo of the Week captures the moment perfectly:  Pie-in-the-face gone wrong!

No matter what you see on cartoons, you're supposed to PUSH the pie into the recipient's face, not THROW it!

No matter what you see on cartoons, you’re supposed to PUSH the pie into the recipient’s face, not THROW it!

It all happened at the Japanese Queen Scholarship of Washington‘s spaghetti fundraising dinner.  This organization is for women of Japanese ancestry and honors Japanese history, traditions, and values.   These young ladies attend over forty festivals and events during their “reign”, building relationships and serving Japanese communities in the United States and abroad.  They will make two visits to Japan this year!  It’s both an incredible experience as well as a huge commitment, as the princesses and queen are also either working, attending college, or both.


Thanks to Mark Ito for sponsoring my show at the fundraiser.  There are a lot of ways of marketing, but my business has always grown through word of mouth advertising, people who see me perform, and repeat clients.  I first met Mark about ten years ago through the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce where we were both members.  He’s a fun, outgoing guy  and loves watching magic.

About five years ago Mark and his wife, Dorothy, were throwing a Sweet 16 birthday party for their daughter, Christine.  The kids – and mom and dad – had a blast.  Fast forward to the present:  Christine is now a student at the University of Washington and was named the Queen for the Japanese Queen Scholarship Organization.  The organization is holding a major fundraiser, will have hundreds of people attend throughout the evening, and wants to add unique entertainment.  Mark looks me up online, calls me, and voila!  This is why I love repeat clients.

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