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KCS 'ohana shows their support for Mrs. Nagata

November 26, 2014
By KCS Staff
Scenes from Shop for Shirley. The benefit event raised over $20,000 for the Nagata family.

Inspired by their love for Mrs. Nagata and saddened by her current bout with stage 4 cancer, several KCS staff members came together a few weeks ago to plan a benefit garage sale for her.  The result on Saturday was beyond what they could have imagined.  

Current and former students/families, KCC/KCS staff, KCC members, and friends all rallied together to produce a wonderful event that raised over $20,000 for the Nagata family.  A silent auction coordinated by KCS parents contributed $1,660 to the overall total.

Thanks to social media and word of mouth, news of the event spread to families that no longer attend KCS but hold a special place in their heart for Mrs. Nagata.  The event became a mini KCS reunion, reconnecting former students with each other and their KCS teachers. Moreover, families could express their encouragement and well wishes to Mrs. Nagata’s family, as her husband Glenn and two daughters participated in the event.  They were overwhelmed by the support they received.

As of one the lead coordinators, Pam Kaji praised God for the success of the event, as all the details seemed fall in place.  She reflected, “It was a very calm, peaceful, enjoyable time together with everyone.  It was more than a garage sale - it was a gathering.”  

The team effort and joy displayed by all the volunteers was evident.  Via email, parent volunteer Tammy Kao said, “I felt very blessed to have been able to be a part of [Shop for Shirley].”   It was indeed a special day for the KCS ‘ohana!