On Saturday, August 27th, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP) celebrated 39 years of service at Showtime 2011- the18th Annual Benefit Concert held for the first time at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
With over 800 people in attendance, the excitement was buzzing in the air. The evening celebration included a VIP reception, a Silent Auction and a complimentary dessert reception afterwards.
Over 170 guests attended the VIP reception including the Honorable William Fujioka, CEO of Los Angeles County, the Honorable Judge Fred Fujioka, Honorable Judge Patricia J. Titus, and the Honorable Judge Victor Wright. “AADAP is a one-of-a-kind agency providing critical services to our community and one that I am proud to represent”, said Mike Watanabe, AADAP President & CEO.
The evening’s sole honoree was Ms. Audrey Schultz, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County who received the Community Service Award for her dedicated work with AADAP’s Drug Court program. “Audrey goes above and beyond her call of duty. She has dedicatedly served each and every client who comes through the program” said Kenneth Kasamatsu, Chair of the Board and President, Retail Banking of Pacific Commerce Bank who presented the award to Ms. Schultz along with Mike Watanabe.
As excited young fans and dedicated AADAP supporters crowded into the theatre for the first performance, the beautiful Tamlyn Tomita, emcee for the evening, welcomed everyone. The Bricks, a multi-talented and multi-ethnic group of eight LA County youth hand-picked by the Human Relations Commission opened the night with their brand of conscious lyrics addressing critical societal issues and delivered a performance infused with youthful optimism. The Bricks band members include: Maria Tuadi (lead vocals/guitar), Anthony Gutierrez (guitar/vocals), Omari Cass (keyboards), Louie Gonzalez (guitar), Marcy Mejia (bass), Alex Baldwin (vocals), Tevin Douglas (vocals/percussion) and Dazia White (drums).
They were followed by up-and-coming indie rock band, Feats In Inches, comprised of band members Ben Choi (lead singer/electric guitar), Charles Hyun (electric guitar), Daniel Chae (bass), Jimmy Lee (keyboard) and Stephen Lee (drums). The five friends exhibited an intuitive bond as they seamlessly harmonized together and created driving melodies.
After a short intermission, YouTube darling, Jennifer Chung, took the stage, belting out her fan-favorites with powerful vocals and an infectious smile. Having begun her career casually uploading videos of herself performing contemporary hits, she slowly saw the popularity of the videos grow and is now one of YouTube’s Most Subscribed (All Time) Musicians. Following the awards presentation came Clara C, a multi-talented “closet” musician who quickly charmed the crowd with her amazing vocals and showed a natural ease on stage. Clara sang, strummed, plucked, and tooted her way through several original songs displaying her unlimited instrumental and vocal talent. Closing the evening was David Choi, a bonafide YouTube celebrity, with over 900,000 subscribers and 96,000,000 total video views and a definite crowd favorite. His closing song prompted several couples to get up and slow dance in the spirit of the night.
Performances by The Bricks, Feats In Inches, Jennifer Chung, Clara Chung, David Choi and this year’s Showtime as a whole lit the evening with positive energy and unforgettable music! Thank you to everyone for your support and for your belief in the work to which AADAP is committed.