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Foundation Joins Women’s Day at the Museum

An EXTRAORDINARY all-day free event Day at The Museumtook place on March 4th in Sacramento.

California’s First Lady, Maria Shriver partnered with The California Museum to kick off and celebrate National Women’s History Month.  This event was the first of many occasions that will culminate in the Women’s Conference that will take place on October 25th and 26th at the Long Beach Convention Center. As the sponsors of the Conference that inspires and empowers women, Foundation staff Ineko Tsuchida and Abby Nathanson took part in the festivities.

Over 10,000 women and men of all ages attended the event and filled every open or closed space, such as the Museum courtyard, the galleries, auditorium, lobby and classrooms with much excitement and enjoyment. Anyone walking by the corner of 10th and O Streets would probably have spotted an all-star line-up of female celebrities going into the Museum. Iron Chef Cat Cora, astronaut and educator Dr. Sally K. Ride, Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, award-winning journalist Lisa Ling and award-winning actress, singer and entertainer Rita Moreno were on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of women.

During the course of the day, activities that educated, inspired and empowered women took center stage – with poem recitals, meals cooked by top chefs, book readings, artists sharing their creations – made for an emotional and inspiring day with laughter and tears shared by all in attendance. Abby and Ineko connected with many of the Women’s Conference hosts and partners, including host of the Women’s Conference, First Lady Maria Shriver; President/Executive Director of The California Governor and First Lady’s Conference Erin Mulcahy Stein; and Secretary of Volunteering and Service for the State of California, Karen Baker.

In October 2009, the Shinnyo-en Foundation sponsored the pre-conference Day of Transformation at the Women’s Conference in Long Beach, CA. Thousands of participants learned about the Shinnyo-en Foundation through Haru Inouye’s speech at the opening ceremony of the Day of Transformation as well as the Shinnyo-en Foundation information booth. Maria Shriver, First Lady of the State of California and host of the Women’s Conference, applauded the Shinnyo-en Foundation’s efforts transforming the world by encouraging each person to define their path to peace through Six Billion Paths to Peace.

After the enormous success of 2009, the Day of Transformation will become an official first day of the conference in 2010. Shinnyo-en Foundation staff are already busy planning conference sponsorship and attendance next fall. The Foundation looks forward to collaborating with the Women’s Conference in 2010.

“We wanted to put a spotlight on women and their significance in history,” says California Museum Director Claudia French. “It’s all about the energy and the ideas that are exchanged, and it’ll be nice to be in that kind of electric environment for a day.”

This event marked an important start for many upcoming activities:

March 4:   Half the Sky CARE’s International Women’s Day Celebration

March 19-21:     WE Connect Weekend in Fresno to provide 10,000 families with free tax preparation, housing/foreclosure assistance, employment/resume advice, a large food distribution, flu shots, and other important programs, such as food stamps, medical & more.

March 26-28:     WE Connect Weekend – Los Angeles

June 24:    The Women’s Conference 2010 Online Ticket Registration

September 10-12:    Best Buddies Challenge on a cycling adventure along the Pacific Coast Highway from Carmel to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, which also includes an optional 5K & 3K walk.

October 10:     Pier del Sol a family festival & fundraiser for Special Olympics, Southern California