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Gift from Japan helps Kentucky Colonels raise funds for tornado victims

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Shun Fujiki presents check of $13,600 to Kentucky Colonels Shun Fujiki presents check of $13,600 to Kentucky Colonels

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A generous gift from Japan provided a boost for the Kentucky Colonels in the organization's effort to raise money for Moore, Okla. tornado victims.

Shun Fujiki, a Kentucky Colonel and Japanese businessman, sent requests through social media to raise funds for relief efforts in Moore.

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels requested its members to raise $30,000 for the victims.

Within a week, Fujiki collected $13,600 from Japanese citizens concerned for the welfare of the tornado victims. He presented the check to the Kentucky Colonels at a press conference, June 5.

Fujiki said the people of Japan donated the money in order to thank Americans for the funds Japan received during the tsunami recovery in March of 2011.

"We have to do something for the victims there," said Fujiki, who admitted this was the first time he asked for donations through social media.

Glenn Bastin, senior ambassador for the Kentucky Colonels, announced at the end of the conference that the Colonels had raised more than $60,000 for relief efforts in Oklahoma.

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