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27 years ago, Herb and Bertha Tsuchiya and Sam Mitsui organized the first Walk for Rice to fight hunger in the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Each year since, Herb and Sam have continued to cultivate a community that has resulted in two and half generations of people who make this event an annual family tradition.


Over a thousand people gather at Seward Park each year on the last Saturday in June to take part in the Walk for Rice to support our Chinatown-International District food bank. This family and pet friendly event features lion dancing, a martial arts demonstration, Japanese taiko drumming and a performance by the Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, before a 2.5 mile walk/run around Seward Park. Come take part in this long-standing and beloved community tradition and help raise money to fight hunger in our community!

Event Details

  • When: Saturday, June 24; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: Seward Park in Seattle (5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, 98118)
  • Registration:

For more information, please call (206) 695-7551 or email

2017 Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pacific Market International

Visionary Sponsors

AmazonCommunity Health Plan of WashingtonSwedishCrossings Logo Xfinity 152 [Small]

Advocate Sponsors
Amerigroup, CHINN Construction, LLC, City University of Seattle, GeoTeaming, HomeStreet Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi Beverages Company and Perkins Coie

Entertainment Sponsor
UW School of Social Work

Refreshment Sponsor
East West Bank

Special Thanks
CenturyLink and Northwest Harvest

Derek Wing and Michelle Li

2017 Walk For Rice Organizing Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs: Sam Mitsui and Herb Tsuchiya
Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Liang and Nicole Ngonevolalath
Members: Mele Aho, Kerry Chew, Mila De Chant, Tansy Do, Antonio Esqueda Flores, Alexander Khem, Sam Le, Helen Ling, David Oye, Dalin Pel, Adam Rosencrantz, Mike Simbre, Richard Sohn, Aki Shibuya, Glorial Shin, Soma Subramaniam, Eunhee Sumner, Melissa Tan, Trang-Thien Tran and Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman

Interested in Being a Sponsor in 2017?

Please download our sponsorship packet and call (206) 695-7551 or for more information.

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