Japan Aid Benefit at Hilton Guam on Sunday, March 20; Members of AKB48 to Headline

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Members of AKB48, Japan’s top-selling pop band, will join with performers from Guam and the Philippines to headline “Japan Aid”, an all-day concert this Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Proceeds of the concert will benefit victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan last week. All proceeds will be donated to the Guam chapter of the American Red Cross, for transfer to the Japan relief effort. Hilton Guam to Host Benefit Concert for Japan on Sunday, March 20 Members of Japan’s chart-topping AKB48 to Headline the Event

Members of AKB48, Japan’s top-selling pop band will join with six local bands and an island cultural dance group to headline “Japan Aid”, an all-day concert this Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Proceeds of the concert will benefit victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, which struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

The concert will be staged at “Hilton Park”, near the entrance of the 32-acre complex that is Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.    Admission is a $15 donation, for the event that runs from 3pm to 9pm. Food, drink, souvenirs, family activities and raffle tickets will be available at the venue. All proceeds will be donated to the Guam chapter of the American Red Cross, for transfer to the Japan relief effort. For more information, please contact Hilton Guam at 671-646-1820.

"We have been deeply affected by the tragedy in Japan and immediately moved to provide assistance during this time of need," says Nicolaus Priesnitz, General Manager of the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. "The hotel's Blue Energy Committee, made up of hotel employees, tirelessly began to plan a benefit concert to raise funds to assist our neighbors in Japan during their time of need. With the assistance of the rest of the hotel team, local businesses, bands and the community, we have realized the event, remarkably done in just 72 hours.”

"I am extremely proud of the hotel team for taking full reins of this endeavor,” adds Priesnitz. “Guam may be divided from Japan by an ocean, but is truly connected by heart."

Performers at the event will include Iwasa Misaki and Suzuki Mariya from AKB48; several of Guam’s most popular performers, including Freedom Fries, DST Music, FIYAHdub, the Electric Boonie Dogs, Passenger 3 and the Chamorro cultural dance group Natibu; and international dance band The REtroSPECT (sic) from the Philippines.

The all-girl AKB48 has been Japan’s top selling artist for five years, with 20 hit singles, several iconic music videos and a live stage show performed nightly in Tokyo’s Akihabara district. Two members of AKB48, Iwasa Misaki and Suzuki Mariya, will perform and sign autographs at the "Japan Aid" event. The AKB48 ensemble is often compared to Idol-style groups or their videos prompt comparisons to the television show Glee. AKB48's most recent single, “Sakura no Ki ni Naro”, reached #1 in Japan just three weeks ago.

Sponsors of the event include (alphabetically): Ambros, Archway, Inc., Budweiser, Docomo Pacific, Foremost, Harvest Enterprises, Hilton Guam Resort and Spa, Hit Radio 100, Luen Fung Enterprises, Quality Distributors, Pacific Daily News, Pepsi Bottling Co., Mandara Spa, Micronesian Brokers, MidPac, Miki Taxi, PacAir/PacSports, Pacific Produce Corp, PWS, Shimbros, SOS Portable Corp., ST Corp, Sunny Wholesale, Tools of the Trade and Triple J.

The beautiful Hilton Guam Resort & Spa serves leisure, business and government travelers visiting the U.S. territory of Guam. Hilton Guam offers 658 rooms, six award-winning restaurants, two ocean front wedding chapels, exceptional fitness/sports facilities, a variety of banquet rooms and the Mandara Spa.

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