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Benefit for My Sister's House emergency shelter features dad and daughter duo
Benefit for My Sister's House emergency shelter features dad and daughter duo

VIDEO OF KOICHI AND ELLIE REHEARSING

When minister’s assistant Koichi Mizushima and his 9-year-old daughter Ellie take the stage at the Crest Theatre, their duet will be a song of love and a message of hope for women and children in crisis.

Mizushima, former owner of Kamon Restaurant, is with the ministerial staff at the Sacramento Buddhist Church. He and his daughter are among the featured performers at a gala for My Sister’s House, “Change...A New Beginning,” on Monday, May 19, at the historic downtown Sacramento theater.

They will be performing, "New Soul," by Yael Naim.

Gala producer Sanford Marshall says he picked the song because it “celebrates the spirit of optimism and encourages the individual to look at life with fresh eyes.”

“Sometimes we have to use this skill to help us get out of circumstances we need to change,” says Marshall, and adds that “for many women in abusive relationships they need the courage to pick up and start again.”

Marshall believes he has found the right song in “New Soul,” and the right performers in the Mizushimas. "I like the symbolism of a father and daughter singing this together because we know how important the role of a father is in shaping what young ladies look for in their future partners.”

Mizushima says he recognizes “the world can sometimes be a place that is beyond our control or understanding, so as a parent we do our very best to raise our children with an awareness to try and overcome the challenges that will inevitably cross their paths.”

He says he explained the mission of My Sister’s House to Ellie, and in seeing his involvement with volunteer organizations and the temple, she has “a core understanding about the importance of community service.”

Proceeds from the gala will help My Sister’s House operate an emergency shelter, a transitional shelter, a 24/7 multilingual crisis line and a work readiness program for survivors.

The Mizushimas will soon begin rehearsing with a celebrity cast that includes former NFL star Rick Jennings, State Personnel board member Maeley Tom, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

Mizushima says he and Ellie have been singing together since she was a toddler, and through this performance he hopes to deliver a heartfelt message. “As a father there is nothing more important than creating a safe world for all of our sons and daughters.”

The My Sister’s House Gala takes place on Monday, May 19, at 5:00 p.m. with a reception at The Social Club located at 1100 K Street in Sacramento.

The stage show begins at 7:00 p.m. across the street at the Crest Theatre at 1013 K Street. 

For tickets and information, call Sharon Ito at (916) 278-6273.