Mayor, plaza host fundraiser for Japan relief effort

Huntington Beach Mayor Joe Carchio is hosting a fundraiser Sunday to benefit the victims of the Japan tsunami and earthquake.

"These people are in desperate need," Carchio said. "Every time you turn on the news, it's worse and worse and worse. Your heart goes out for all of these people."

Zack Pier Plaza, 405 Pacific Coast Hwy., is hosting the event from noon to 5 p.m.

Cucina Alessa and Zack's Mike Ali plan to donate food for the event, Carchio said.

Spaghetti, salad and bread will be served.

Money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Huntington Beach's Japanese sister city, Anjo, was not affected by the earthquake or the tsunami, Carchio said.

"We found out everybody is safe," he said.

To volunteer at Sunday's event or to help with the fundraising, contact Ali at (714) 717-2797.

—Mona Shadia

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