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26 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 gathered at Seward Park on Saturday, June 25, 2016 to take part in 26th annual Walk for Rice and raised a record-breaking $312,000 (including a $100,000 match from CenturyLink) to support our Chinatown-International District food bank. The family and pet friendly event featured 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. New additions for this year included live music by Theory of Change, and Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned food trucks, Mangia Me and Outside the Box.

BIG thanks to all who joined us this year! We hope you’ll join us next year on Saturday, June 24, 2017 (last Saturday in June). Registration will open in March 2017. For more information, please call (206) 695-7551 or email

What’s Next?

2016 Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pacific Market International

Visionary Sponsors


AmerigroupCommunity Health Plan of WashingtonSwedish

Advocate Sponsors
Capital One, CHINN Construction, LLC, Fenwick & West LLP, Group Health Cooperative, HomeStreet Bank, Pepsi Beverages Company and Perkins Coie

Entertainment Sponsor
UW School of Social Work

Refreshment Sponsor
East West Bank

Special Thanks
CenturyLink, Crossings TV and Desi 1250AM

Derek Wing and Mary Lee

2016 Walk For Rice Organizing Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs: Sam Mitsui and Herb Tsuchiya
Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Liang and Martha Reyes
Members: Mele Aho, Justin Chan, Kerry Chew, Kathy Kim-Juhn, Victoria Ju, Sam Le, Nicole Ngonevolalath, Brian Nguyen, Cathy Pham, Mike Simbre, Richard Sohn, Soma Subramaniam, Dexter Tang, and Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman, Aaron Yeung

Interested in Being a Sponsor in 2017?

Please contact ACRS Development Director Candace Inagi at (206) 774-2404 or

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