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Sister Cities, Nakato partner for fundraiser

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Springfield Sister Cities Association and Nakato Japanese Steakhouse will team up 4:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. March 28 for a fundraiser to aid those affected by earthquake and tsunami damage in Japan.

All sales at the event will be sent to Springfield's sister city, Isesaki, according to a news release.

"Unlike other fundraisers in the area in which a certain percentage of sales goes to a particular cause, 100 percent of every single dollar brought in, without subtracting the cost of food, is going to our friends in Isesaki to be used for recovery efforts as its local government sees fit,” Sister Cities Coordinator Cindy Jobe said in the release. "We’re hoping for more than $15,000 to be raised during the night, and the simple thing about it is we just need our Springfield community to go out to dinner on Monday.”

Reservations, available by calling (417) 881-7171, are recommended for the fundraiser.

Nakato, located at 2615 S. Glenstone Ave. in the Battlefield Mall parking lot, has been a long-time supporter of SSCA, hosting dining for visiting delegations from both of Springfield's sister cities. Springfield's other sister city is Tlaquepaque, Mexico.

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