Medical Fundraiser Party for Derek & Hatsumi Smith, Matcha Time – July 21st

Here is a great event coming up in Howard County:

Medical Fundraiser Party for Derek & Hatsumi Smith, Matcha Time

When: July 21, 2019 (12:00pm to 5:00pm)

Where: Matcha Time Cafe (3785 Hamilton St, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043)

Information from the event on Facebook:

Matcha Time Cafe owners Hatsumi Watanabe-Smith and Derek Smith are stranded in Japan while Derek recuperates from the massive heart attack he suffered June 27th on a Tokyo train as he and Hatsumi traveled to her father’s funeral.

They hope to return to Ellicott City sometime in August but in the meantime their medical and living expenses in Japan have spiraled upward into the crisis zone! ~ THE GOAL: to help them avoid financial disaster and to keep the cafe operating!

READ THE FULL STORY and make a donation at:

Article update July 16th:

PLEASE HELP fellow Howard County business owners with a donation from your business for a Medical Fundraiser raffle to be held this Sunday, July 21, 12:00-5:00, at Matcha Time Cafe in Historic Ellicott City.

We are seeking items such as gift certificates for goods or services, gift baskets of merchandise, etc. Please email if you would like to donate
a raffle item.

Cafe owners Derek and Hatsumi Smith are in serious crisis after Derek suffered a massive heart attack June 27th on board a Tokyo train en route to Hatsumi’s father’s funeral. They are now stranded in Japan and their bills are spiraling into the disaster zone. We are trying to help our friends Derek and Hatsumi survive and keep their business open.

Everyone is invited to the fundraising party! Former Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and his wife Robin will be serving food to the guests. Menu includes a variety of authentic Japanese delicacies and teas.

WHEN: Sunday July 21, 12 PM – 5 PM
WHERE: Matcha Time Cafe, 3785 Hamilton St, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
Organized by Sara Arditti and Robin Kittleman

Please email if you would like to donate a raffle item.


It is great to see all of the support they have received so far…the GoFundMe campaign has raised over $20,000 as of this post.

A little bit of additional information…I have been told that Allan and Robin Kittleman will be attending and possibly be serving food at the event. I confirmed with Allan Kittleman that he will be there for the event.

I hope you can make it out and support Derek & Hatsumi in their time of need.

Scott E

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