Donna Nelson, Economic Vitality Specialist, and Bob Cutter, President of Colorado Springs Together, attended the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale Summit by Candlelight concert on Saturday, December 15th at the Broadmoor Community Church. On behalf of Mayor Bach, they accepted a special donation from the students and faculty at Yoshida High School in Colorado Springs’ Sister City, Fujiyoshida, Japan. The Japanese students raised $600 to help with recovery from the Waldo Canyon Fire. This is in addition to the over $11,000 already donated by the citizens of Fujiyoshida. When they heard about the fire last summer, they immediately raised funds by having a Taiko concert in the train station in Fujiyoshida. It’s a true testimony to our friendship and terrific sister city relationship.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of our Sister City relationship with Fujiyoshida, Japan. A delegation from Japan, including Mayor Horiuchi, celebrated at the Mountain Festival here at America the Beautiful Park in August. Mayor Horiuchi personally delivered a check of $11,417 for Waldo Canyon Fire recovery efforts. Then, in October the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale visited Japan to take part in the 50th anniversary celebrations there. During the trip, Yoshida High School students presented the $600 to Corbin George, a member of the chorale and resident of Mountain Shadows who lost his home in the Waldo Canyon Fire. He and his parents, Kerry and Richard, presented the donation to Donna Nelson and Bob Cutter at the concert on Saturday.
Donna and Bob thanked the Children’s Chorale students for being wonderful ambassadors for the City of Colorado Springs during their trip to Japan.