PHILANTHROPY

The Sushi Confidential Story

FROM CANCER RESEARCH SCIENTIST TO [SUSHI GURU]

Randy Musterer began his career working as a Cancer Research Scientist helping develop therapies for a variety of different types of cancer.  He enjoyed his career in science because he gained fulfillment in knowing that he was helping others along the way.  But Cancer Research is an introverted, task-oriented job without a lot of instant gratification.  To fulfill this desire to be social and creative, Randy worked part time as a sushi chef in Campbell a couple nights a week to be able to be creative with his sushi rolls, interact with his guests, and gain gratification when his guests had a great experience.


Over the years, Randy’s passion for sushi grew and he eventually opened up Sushi Confidential – Campbell in the Spring of 2012.  Even though Randy continued his career as a scientist for the next couple of years, he also had the desire to follow his passion with sushi.  Sushi Confidential became an instant hit with his sushi loving followers, and the Campbell community.  Many marketing companies started to reach out to Randy and wanted him to advertise with them.  However, he was not interested in throwing his money into advertising to try to reach more customers.  Instead he wanted to leverage the strong brand that Sushi Confidential had naturally developed to donate gift cards and sushi party experiences to local schools and other non-profit groups.  Randy was obviously interested in Cancer Research, but through his restaurant he was able to donate.


With the expansion of Sushi Confidential in downtown San Jose – San Pedro Square in 2016, Sushi Confidential has the ability to donate even more, by offering its beautiful new patio to non-profit groups for fundraising events. 


Randy recently partnered with Randy Hahn, the voice of the San Jose Sharks, and Alla Zeltser (Director of Fundraising & Events) to start their own non-profit organization, Randys’ 24 Hours of Sushi – Celebrity Charity Challenge.  With the new downtown San Jose location and the partnership with Randy Hahn and the San Jose Sharks Foundation, Sushi Confidential has taken its philanthropic efforts to a new, exciting level.  In 2018, the first event took place on the newly constructed patio. This was a star studded event with current and alumni Sharks players, government dignitaries, San Jose Earthquake Alumni, and many local business owners offering their support. The first charity event raised over $250,000 to the donors charity of choice.  http://sushihockeyrandy.com/

DONATIONS AND FUNDS RAISED

We are proud to have donated sushi party experiences and helped raise over $500,000 for the following schools and organizations.

Schools

 

Blossom Hill Elementary, Daves Avenue Home & School Club, Marshall Lane Elementary, Old Orchard School, Valley Christian, Williams Elementary School, Los Gatos High School New Millennium Foundation, Morgan Hill Charter School, Notre Dame San Jose, The Principled Academy, Kathryn Hughes Elementary, Campbell Middle School, Anderson Village Elementary, Willow Glen High School, Capri Elementary

Organizations

 

March of Dimes, Midori Kai, San Jose Sharks Foundation, San Jose Earthquakes Foundation, St Christopher Ladies’ Guild, Valley Medical Center Foundation, Old Orchard Service League, William Wins Foundation, Campbell Police Foundation, Youth Focus, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, The Aubri Brown Club, American Diabetes Foundation, San Jose Club, Downtown Streets Team, Hunger at Home, US Olympic Committee, Respite & Research for Alzheimer’s Disease, Pathway Society Inc, Unravel Pediatric Cancer, Heritage Theatre, Campbell Chamber of Commerce, Garden of Innocence, The Hub for Direct Community Action, Family Supportive Housing, Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation, Martha’s Kitchen, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, Morgan Autism Center

TESTIMONIALS AND THANK YOU'S!

“On behalf of Downtown Streets Team, I just wanted to thank you to you all so much for an amazing evening!  We were blown away by the level of hospitality and your obvious passion and compassion for worthy causes.  It was done with so much class, and brought together many like-minded people all wanting to improve their community. Thank you again for all of the introductions last night, and for opening our eyes to a new dimension of fundraising.  We really appreciate all that you do as a community partner and are so glad you are in our lives!.” – Downtown Streets Team

“First and foremost, thank you so much for your kind and generous donation. We really appreciate it. I’ll have you know that the proceeds will help benefit many bay area children fulfill their dream to play sports. What a worthy cause!” – Silver Creek Sportsplex Foundation

“Thank you so much for your generous donation for our Ainsley House Holiday Open House events. All our visitors loved the sushi and ate it up faster than we could serve it! It is because of generosity like yours that our events were a success!” – Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation

“We are so appreciative for all that you do to make our event a success! I know you are busy, for you to take time out of your own lives to help those less fortunate says so much about how amazing you are. I know the preliminary fundraising totals are over $200,000, this goes a long way in helping The Silicon Valley Children's Fund to help all of those unfortunate foster youth get the education they need. The statistics they shared regarding the percentage of foster youth that end up on the streets is staggering. Thank you again!!” – Silicon Valley Children’s Fund

“You have always been so generous and your items have generated high dollar amounts. Coming off of the Fan Favorite Award from last year we great appreciate your support!” – Martha’s Kitchen 

“On behalf of all the directors and volunteers at Garden of Innocence, I want to express our profound gratitude for the awesome financial support you and your team so generously gave to our mission to provide dignified burials to abandoned and unidentified babies. Your joyful generosity is unmatched and contributes immensely to the success of our mission. As I search for appropriate words to adequately express the depth of our appreciation, words in my vocabulary simply fail me." – Garden of Innocence

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