SACRAMENTO, CA – Mikuni Restaurant Group, Inc. is asking restaurant guests, Facebook fans, Twitter and Instagram followers to nominate their favorite charitable organizations for a random act of kindness from Mikuni Charitable Foundation. Mikuni will take suggestions through January 31, 2014, and then select from all the choices and make financial donations. The only criteria is the charities have to be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization doing business for at least three years. Mikuni received 600 recommendations in 2013.
Mikuni Charitable Foundation has donated over 1.1 million dollars to various charities in the Sacramento region including Sutter Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Navigator Program, Courage Worldwide and Closing the Gap for educational achievement. In addition, Mikuni donates in-kind to charitable organizations at their annual fundraisers. A recent fundraising event hosted by Sleep Train Mattress Centers raised $10,000 for foster youth for a personal chef experience with Mikuni Master Chef, Taro Arai.
“We had amazing feedback last year from the community and we were able to give back to several local charities. Helping organizations that help people in need is something we are privileged to do,” says Taro Arai. “We are excited to see this year’s response from our community and look forward to giving back.”
Last year’s Random Act of Kindness recipients included the following organizations:
- A Touch of Understanding Provides disability awareness programs designed to educate a new generation to understand the challenges associated with disabilities and to accept and respect all individuals.
- Davis Farm to School Supports local food in a healthy school environment.
- Firefighters Burn Institute Establishes a local burn treatment facility, providing recovery programs for burn survivors, supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research and more.
- Foothill K-9 Association Established for the sole purpose of promoting training, safety and the health of law enforcement K9’s.
- Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Raise, rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured wild birds and animals.
- Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center Provide readily, accessible services at no cost to children, youth and families who need physical, emotional and/or mental health resources to improve their quality of life.
- Make-A-Wish Grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
- Project Dream Supports enrichment activities in the schools and communities with Twin Rivers Unified School District that cannot be paid for out of state or federal funds.
- Project RIDE Provides therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to people with special needs.
- Sierra Child & Family Services Provides residential, educational and community based programs for emotionally disturbed girls and boys in Northern California.
- Society for the Blind Empower individuals who are blind or have low vision to live productively and independently by building confidence through training, tools and mentorship.