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Kasai Japanese Steakhouse Raises Over $34,000 for Arizona Foster Care Families
By Claire Natale - Wednesday Jul 26, 2023
SCOTTSDALE - Kasai Japanese Steakhouse held the second annual Fire & Fairways Tournament on June 5 in Scottsdale. 140 players competed for prizes while supporting Arizonans for Children, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit helping Arizona’s neglected, abused, and abandoned children since 2002.

The tournament raised more than $34,000, which will go to the organization to increase their foster support programs. Part of those funds were raised at Kasai’s post tournament luncheon where almost 250 people gathered after the tournament to celebrate with the food, fire, and fun of Kasai as well as, win prizes, win raffles, and bid on silent auction items.

“We want to thank the community for participating in the Fire & Fairways tournament. The support means so much to us,” said Kasai Owner, Mike Russello. “We honor the families who have supported local foster children to provide a healthy environment for learning and growing.”

On July 6, Mike Russello and others from Kasai Japanese Steakhouse presented a check for $34,226 to Arizonans for Children. The non-profit will use the funds to continue serving Arizona’s foster children through its programming that supports foster families.

“Arizonans for Children is so grateful to Kasai Japanese Steakhouse and the community for their continued support of our mission,” said Arizonans for Children’s mentor program supervisor Monique Quinones. "We rely on the generous giving from both individuals and local businesses like Kasai to continue serving foster children in our community. We are excited for the opportunity to expand our programs and reach even more foster youth across the valley!"
The Second Annual Fire & Fairways tournament could not be possible without its Platinum, Gold, and Media sponsors which include EdKey K-12 Schools, Remedy Salon and Spa Scottsdale, Exceptional Community Hospital Maricopa, Lively Foods, Braidy Jewelers Norterra, 1580 AM The Fanatic, Az Big Media, 1510AM Money Radio, Evolve PR and Marketing, TerBush Creative, and Breakthru Beverage. “We greatly appreciate all of the local restaurants and small businesses that donated products and services to our event to help raise funds” said Russello.
The third annual Fire & Fairways tournament will be held on Monday June 3, 2024 at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club. The charity golf tournament will utilize both the Pine and Palm courses for up to 288 players.
For more information about Fire & Fairways, please visit fireandfairways.com. For more information about Kasai, please visit kasaiteppan.com. For more information about Arizonans for Children, please visit arizonansforchildren.org.
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About Kasai Japanese Steakhouse
Kasai is a sleek Japanese steakhouse specializing in teppanyaki, sushi, and craft cocktails. The restaurant opened its first location in Scottsdale in 2018 and is slated to open a second location at Park West in Peoria in September 2023. The restaurant creates an unparalleled dining experience. Known for its “food, fire, and fun” teppanyaki Dinnertainment experience, this high-energy destination is a must for date night, special occasions, large and small group dining. For more information, please visit kasaiteppan.com.

About Arizonans for Children
Arizonans for Children is a local nonprofit that has been serving children in foster care since 2002. The foundation of our agency is the Children Visitation Centers. Our two centers, located in downtown Phoenix and Mesa, offer a safe, home-like environment for families to bond. We also offer a Mentor Program where children in care are matched with a volunteer mentor to help them improve their social and academic skills. We believe that mentoring services for foster youth make an enormous difference in their feelings of trust, acceptance, and hope. These programs would not be possible without the support of our community. Our organization is not federally, or state funded and relies on the incredible support of our community to help continue our vision of helping every child we serve move toward a better life.