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Newly-Formed Coalition Of Asian-American Groups Raises Money For Japan

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Hope for Japan is a newly-formed coalition of more than 35 Asian-American groups from around the D.C. area, and on Friday night, the group brought gathered for a fundraiser in Rosslyn.

Rep. Gerry Connolly and a minister from the embassy of Japan addressed the crowd, but the most vivid descriptions of the disaster came from Rex Strickland.

Strickland, who is half-Japanese, is a Fairfax firefighter who traveled to the disaster area with the elite rescue team Virginia task force.

"It's sometimes overwhelming how much damage there is...cars on top of 4 story buildings, boats stacked on top of buildings -- i was pretty amazing to see all that," Strickland says.

The fundraiser attracted more than 350 people, each paying at least $40 a seat. The thousands raised will go towards several organizations giving aid directly to Japanese victims.

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