JASGA Spring Gala and Award Dinner

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Friday, March 29, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) invites you to join us for the 2019 Award Gala. This international event brings together the Japanese and American communities to recognize leaders in the field of US-Japan friendship relations. The gala will take place in the early evening on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the LINE Austin hotel.


Keynote Speaker                                      Guest Speaker:  Andy Hajime Tryba         Honorary Director
Ambassador Tom Schieffer                        Entrepreneur and CEO of SLI Systems,     Consul-General of Japan 
President & CEO, Envoy International       Think3, School Loop, Ride Austin,             
Hideo Fukushima
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan            Japanese Heritage Academy  


Bridges-to-Friendship Award Recipient          Entertainer:  Austin Taiko                      Mayor of Austin
Dr. Sheila Fling                                                    Beating Japanese drums over                  Steve Adler
Urasenke Chado Junkyoju Certified Instructor   
22 years.
Distinguished Professor Emerita of Texas State

Join us along with our Honorary Director, Hideo Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan, to celebrate the JASGA Spring Gala and Award Dinner. This year we will pay tribute to our distinguished Bridges-to-Friendship Award recipient, Dr. Sheila Fling of Urasenke Chado Jun-kyoju Certified Instructor and Professor Emerita of Texas State University.

Ambassador Tom Schieffer, President & CEO, Envoy International and Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan will be our Keynote Speaker. Mr. Andy Hajime Tryba of Entrepreneur and CEO of Think3, Crossover, RideAustin, Engine Yard, DNN Corp, Kayako, Bizness Apps, FogBugz, School Loop, Agemni, and SLI Systems, Board Member of Texas Central High Speed Rail, and founder of the Japanese Heritage Academy will be our guest speaker.  Mayor of Austin Steve Adler also join us.

Austin Taiko will be performing on Japanese drums. They have been beating Taiko and contributing Japanese Taikodo to our community in Austin and Central Texas for over 22 years.

The Spring Gala and Award Dinner features a cocktail reception for sponsors, dignitaries,and participants, silent auction, followed by dinner and the award program.

Schedule                                                          Tickets
6:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction              Members & Friends $85 | General Public $105
7:00 PM Dinner & Program

(Dress Attire: Business Casual)                               

Venue                                                                      Diamond $3,500 | Platinum $2,500
The LINE Austin  (with water view)                                     Gold        $1,500
111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78701               Table (member) $1,100 | (Friends) $800 

 (Parking: $12 for our registered event guests)       Sponsorship Detailes      Become a Sponsor 

To register for JASGA members and general public, click HERE.

Registration Deadline (online): Friday, 3/22/2019

If you would like to pay for the ticket by check, please make check payable to JASGA and mail it to: (by March 20, 2019)

Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
PO Box 9276
Austin, TX 78766

     Corporate                         Corporate

   Single Speaker              Award Shield          Program printing       | Mariko Hirai | Mary Feng | Sheila Fling |

About Silent Auction
JASGA appreciates your donations for the Silent Auction that will be held at the Reception and Dinner & Program on March 29 at 6:00 pm. Popular items include Japanese plates, kimono, artisan gifts, airline tickets, event tickets, and restaurant gift certificates.

All contributions are fully tax deductible. Proceeds will support our cultural, educational, business, social or public relation programs.

To donate, please submit the donation items by March 22.  For more information, contact jasga-austin@jasga.org.or jasga-gala@jasga.org.


Auction Donors


JAL | ANA | The LINE Austin | H Mart | KGS Studios | Misha's Beauty | Okashicon | Fukumoto | Kinokuniya | Kome | Kokoro Care | JASGA | Alamo Drafthouse | Naomi Folsom | Ed Priest | Susan Dandal | Mineko Wilmore | Kako Ito | Gerlinda Leiding | Massage Sway | Asia Cafe | Lorraine Socia

About JASGA and Gala Host Committee

You will not miss this opportunity for this premier fundraiser of the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building people-to-people relationships between Japan and Austin/Texas.

Sponsors | Register | Donations | Sponsorship Form | Auction Donors