Local Kids Win Benihana Contest

Abigail Martinez of Los Angeles

Abigail Martinez of Los Angeles

Katelyn Shen of Irvine

Katelyn Shen of Irvine

Abigail Martinez of Los Angeles, Katelyn Shen of Irvine, Alexa Meraz of Lakewood and Mya Picazo of Torrance were selected as winners of Benihana’s 2014 Children Helping Children Coloring Contest, part of the restaurant’s Children’s Day program. The students’ efforts helped Benihana raise $50,000 in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

More than 17,000 children submitted artwork to this year’s contest, and Abigail, Katelyn, Alexa and Mya were selected for their unique contributions. As a thank you, each child received a Benihana hibachi dinner for eight, a $250 value.

Alexa Meraz of Lakewood

Alexa Meraz of Lakewood

Mya Picazo of Torrance

Mya Picazo of Torrance

Each May, Japan celebrates the happiness of the nation’s children with a day of fun and games known as Children’s Day. The coloring contest was part of Benihana’s broader initiative to celebrate the Japanese tradition while supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premiere centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadline childhood diseases. Through the month of April, children who visited any Benihana location were encouraged to draw a picture to signify what the theme of “Children Helping Children means to them. For each entry collected, Benihana donated $1 to St. Jude.

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