Save The Date: Japanese Crafts

Event details

  • Monday | October 7, 2019
  • 6:00 pm
  • 733 9th Avenue. NY(btwn west 49 & 50 in Hells Kitchen

 

 

I Can Still Do That Foundation Announces October 7 th First Mondays/NYC

Senior Planet Founder Dr. Tom Kamber to speak at I CAN STILL DO THAT’s First Mondays
event Monday evening October 7 th at GossipBar , 733 Ninth Ave., New York , N.Y. a
networking event featuring Japanese Wood Crafts and NYC Craft Beer
NEW YORK, New York – (September 24, 2019) – The I Can Still Do That Foundation, a New
York City based non-profit whose mission is to connect people, so they can share information
and empower each generation to teach the others, today announced a special First
Mondays/NYC with Japanese Wood Crafts and NYC Craft Beer to celebrate Octoberfest. on
Monday October 7, 2019, from 6 PM until 9 PM. at Gossip Bar , 733 Ninth Ave., New York . The
event is free.
We are honored to have an internationally recognized NY thought leader in Senior Education
who will speak at our 10/7 event, Dr. Tom Kamber. Dr. Kamber is an award-winning social
entrepreneur, educator and activist who has created new initiatives in aging, technology,
affordable housing and the arts. As founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology
Services (OATS), Tom has helped over 30,000 seniors get online and created the country’s first
technology-themed community center for older adults, Senior Planet.
We will have a demonstration by world-class Japanese wood craftsmen. According to foundation
advisor Yohei Suzuki, who will be representing the 2 Japanese wood craft artists, “We feel there
is much synergy between the craft skills developed by our Japanese Master Craftspeople and the
Silver Fox Club and Senior Business Directory. Our artists are world class as is the beer from
our partner Brooklyn Brewery. We will have free beer tastings and affordable woodcrafts
available for purchase, as well as demonstrations of how our artists work. Mr. Hiroyuki Hashino
/Purveyor to Japanese Emperor .
In 2019, Hashino started to partner with Brooklyn Brewery Japan and produced Wooden
Brooklyn Brewery Cups.   Hashino's products have been recognized internationally.  They have
been distributed in the United States, Asian and European countries. Also coming and being
represented by Mr. Suzuki will be Shunji Kurimori is a mage-wappa artisan with 46 years of
experience and an 18 times winner of the Good Design Award, and an officially recognized
Contemporary Master Craftsman.
Dan Schneider, Executive Director of the Foundation announced, “Last September 21 st we
produced our first annual Silver Fox Summit and we found that there is a growing need for an
intergenerational platform to help support senior entrepreneurs and connect them with
entrepreneurs of all generations. Our keynote speaker from last year, Dr. Paul Tasner, a
foundation advisor and a winner of the 2015 Encore Prize for senior entrepreneurship, helped his
company “Pulpworks”, become one of our first businesses to register for our Senior Business
Directory. Pulpworks, which is located in San Francisco, develops sustainable packaging, We
now have over 100 companies including some run by Millennials and Members of Gen Z and
Gen X. We also recently launched a Beta platform called “Rentasilverfox.com” where people can
find industry experts who they can hire as consultants on a project by project basis It is like Task
Rabbit, except for more complex tasks and projects. Both the Senior Business Directory and
RentaSilverFox are free to use and we are hoping to attract corporate sponsors and other
foundations to underwrite the on-going development, marketing and management costs of the

website and directory, once the social enterprise value of the intergenerational community and
“gig” type placement service are recognized .
First Mondays started in October of 2002, so this will be it’s 17 th year anniversary. It was taken
over by the I Can Still Do That Foundation in 2007 which has run it ever since. There are so
many ways to help develop the Silver Fox Community. We are looking for a few good sponsors
as well as strategic partners to roll Foundation. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent
of the law

Additional Details…
GossipBar is located at 733 Ninth Ave, New York , N.Y Street (between West 49/50) .
Admission is free . Sponsorship packages are available by application to dan@silverfoxclub.org

Here is a hotlink: We have a First Mondays/NYC planned for Monday, October 7th from 6-9 PM
at GossipBar (733 Ninth Ave, NYC). It is free and we have special guests from Japan and free
tastings of Brooklyn Beer (in honor of OctoberFest). For more information,
See: http://florencebelskyfoundation.org/event/save-the-date-japanese-crafts/?event_date=2019-
10-07

About The I Can Still Do That Foundation (see: www.flobel.org)
The I Can Still Do That Foundation was founded in 2003 as the Florence Belsky Charitable
Foundation. Founded by Florence Belsky, a pioneer, woman attorney, mentor to many and
positive ageing activist. The Foundation’s main programs are First Mondays, Women Who
Lunch and “Pick 3”, a virtual mentoring program which connects advisors of all ages for career
and personal P2P advice. business. The Foundation has over 900 global advisors in all fields and
activities in NY, LA, Philly, Boston, Miami and DC. They provide a safe place where people of all
ages could be accepted and feel at home and share information. The advisors introduce their
friends to the Foundation and the community grows. The Senior Business Directory, Silver Fox
Club and RentaSilverFox are new initiatives which the Foundation hopes to spin off as a new
non-profit to help senior entrepreneurs form intergenerational management teams and find
investors and partners.
For more info, see: http://florencebelskyfoundation.org/our-mission/

Tom Kamber Bio:
Tom Kamber is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator and activist who has created
new initiatives in aging, technology, affordable housing and the arts. As founder and executive
director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), Tom has helped over 30,000 seniors get
online and created the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults. Tom
has taught social entrepreneurship and philanthropy at Columbia University and has published
widely in academic journals on topics including public policy, business strategy, and technology.
He speaks regularly at local, national, and international conferences, including the Consumer
Electronics Show, the Institute of Medicine, the American Society on Aging and the Federal
Communications Commission.  His work has been featured widely in the media, including The

New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, National Public
Radio, and The Today Show, and he has won awards from local, state, and national
organizations.
About Senior Planet:
Senior Planet is a project of Older Adults Technology Services, a New York-based nonprofit that
since 2004 has engaged, trained and supported older adults in using technology to improve their
quality of life and enhance their social and civic engagement. By providing seniors with engaging,
positive online experiences and opportunities to have a voice on the web, Senior Planet supports
the OATS mission to use technology as a vehicle for enhancing the lives of older adults.  The
flagship Senior Planet Center in NYC is the country’s first technology-themed community center
for older adults, offering free technology courses, events, workshops, device and Internet access,
and serves as a national model for helping older individuals learn and grow in our technology-
driven age. In addition to New York, Senior Planet programs are also offered in Maryland, Texas,
Colorado, Florida and California.
Here are the bios of two Japanese craftmasters coming on Oct. 7 th
Mr. Hiroyuki Hashino and Mr. Shunji Kurimori

1) Mr. Hiroyuki Hashino /Purveyor to Japanese Emperor

Hashino’s unique and innovative designs are crafted from a rare hardwood tree whose wood has
a very beautiful grain and texture. In Japanese this tree, a member of the Birch family, is called
“Onoore Kanba”, which means “breaking the hatchet birch”. Hashino's products are made with
careful consideration for their materials, shape and function produce a more beautiful and
timeless result. Hashino often travels to the United States to introduce his products
internationally. In 2012, he featured his products at Cherry Blossom Festival at Sakura Park, and
also exhibited at American Craft Show in New York. In 2013, he received the Good Design
Award.  In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Hashino received the Gold Award Omotenashi Selection.
More than 30 years ago, Hashino produced his first wooden shoehorn and has been making
these beautiful wooden tools with long, smooth carves ever since. In 2005, The Imperial
Household Agency brought one of this signature pieces for the Emperor of Japan. Since then,
three more sets of Hashino's shoehorns have also been stocked at the prestigious Nara Hotel,
where the Emperor regularly stays.

Hashino's shoehorn introduced by the Imperial Household Agency to the Emperor and his twisted
combs that he received the Gold Award Omotenashi Selection will be exhibited at the venue.
In 2019, Hashino started to partner with Brooklyn Brewery Japan and produced Wooden
Brooklyn Brewery Cups.

Hashino’s products have been recognized internationally.  They have been distributed in the
United States, Asian and European countries.

2) Mr. Shunji Kurimori

Shunji Kurimori is a mage-wappa artisan with 46 years of experience and an 18 times winner of
the Good Design Award, and an officially recognized Contemporary Master Craftsman.
Committed to using traditional craftsmanship to meet the needs of today, Kurimori has come up

with several groundbreaking mage-wappa designs, including tapered cups and nesting food
containers. A true innovator, he is driving the evolution of his craft.sing straight grain Akita Cedar,
Mage-wappa art craft was first developed in the beginning of the 17th Century. Its first form took
the shape of a lunch box made by a woodcutter in the Odate area of Northern Japan. The Lord of
Odate Castle then encouraged the technique in a samurai's work and it grew in popularity. In
recent years the craft has been used as a base for the development of new techniques and
modern design. Popular for its straight grain and light weight, the Akita Cedar used in these
products is more than 250 years old.

Contact: Dan Schneider, dan@flobel.org or 845.616-6909