The Los Angeles Turners, a German-American nonprofit organization based in Westchester, recently collected donations on behalf of local German-American groups for Japan earthquake relief efforts.

Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month, Los Angeles Turners President Carole Kulzer Brennan said she called on the German-American community in greater Los Angeles to help the victims and the responses were immediate.

The organization’s Help Japan Drive was initiated with a gift of $5,000 from the German American League, a Turners spokesperson said. The league is an affiliate of 20 Los Angeles/Orange County clubs representing all areas of Germany and Austria. Donations were also received from the German speaking Swiss owners of Chalet Edelweiss and the president of the German-American School Association, as well as from individuals with Germanic heritage and Los Angeles Turners members, the group’s spokesperson said.

Brennan, along with Turners General Manager Alexander Hast and German American League President Ellen M. Neu, presented a check April 8 from the Turner fundraising campaign to Deputy Consul General Yusuke Shindo. Also in attendance were Turner associate Michiya Shimizu, senior vice president of Nippon Express who arranged the visit, Consul Shuichi Matsumoto and Richard Takemori of Nippon Express.