Finnish American Lawyers Association Supports Kota Alliance
at Residence of Permanent Representative of Finland to United Nations

On January 28, 2019, in New York City, a Destination Dining Tokyo Kitchen event, sponsored by The Kota Alliance, was held at Residence of the Permanent Representative of Finland to United Nations, Ambassador Kai Sauer and Dr. Erika Sauer. The event was supported by the Finnish American Lawyers Association President Robert Alan Saasto, Esq., and Judge Elizabeth Pessala, wife of the founder of the FALA, Judge John Pessala.

Jaana Rehnstrom, MD,MPH, is the founder and President of the Kota Alliance. As per its web site at “The Kota Alliance is a umbrella organization elevating collaboration across borders for women-centered nonprofit organizations, social enterprises and entrepreneurs, businesses and startups that share the like-minded goal of improving gender equality and supporting women”.

The fund raiser was attended by 18 dinner guests. Prior to the dinner participants were able to not only participate in the cooking at the residence, but actually join the cook, Naomi Moriyama, in shopping for the necessary ingredients to prepare the health conscious Japanese meal. Prior to dinner, there were short presentations of the important work being done by this not for profit group. The event took place in the beautiful residence of the gracious hosts, the Ambassador and his wife, who made every effort to make the guests feel welcome and appreciated.


Robert Alan Saasto
President FALA