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"A Future to Remember" - KEI Gala raises $35,000 for KASF

Leonard Kim  | Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

 

"A Future to Remember" - KEI Gala raises $35,000 for KASF


It was an evening to remember and a beginning to an unforgettable future. Over 500 guests entered through the doors of the National Building Museum to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Korea Economic Institute (KEI). This special Gala, hosted by KEI, highlighted their mission of increasing the understanding of Korean and the U.S.-Korea relationship by commemorating the accomplishments and promises of the partnership.

Traditional Korean drums echoed through the halls as the Peace Mission 'Hanori' Dance Group beautifully opened up the program as co-emcees, Eun Yang and Angie Goff of NBC4 Washington, prepared the stage for the speakers. The Honorable Jack Pritchard, President of KEI, and His Excellency Young-Jin Choi, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, presented the welcoming remarks. Former Ambassadors to Korea, Korean War veterans including Representative Charles Rangel, and other prominent key leaders reflected on the past, celebrated the present and together voiced their hearts as they hoped for the future ahead. South Korea President Lee Myung-Bak even sent a video message to congratulate the strength and richness of the U.S.-Korea partnership.

As KEI looks to the future, they recognized two great organizations by contributing most of the Gala's proceeds to further enhance this partnership -- The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) and the Korean War National Museum. One could not ignore the involvement and the genuine support for KEI from KASF and the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra's (WKSO). Dr.Sang Nam Lee National Chairman of KASF, Leonard Kim KASF Eastern Regional Chapter President, and KASF regional board of directors and members also attended, filling 7 full tables. Before the closing remarks, a pleasant yet notable surprise was announced by KASF-ERC President, Leonard Kim. KASF has established a chair scholarship in the name of KEI's retiring president - Ambassador Jack Pritchard Chair Scholarship, to be awarded to students studying public policy.

KEI and KASF will continue to work together to strengthen and enrich the U.S.-Korea partnership. They have also agreed to continue its partner through various activities involving Korean American Young Professionals and various education endeavors for Korean Americans. The hope for the future is bright!

 

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The Korean American Scholarship Foundation’s volunteer committee is not solely a group of acquaintances brought together through work, but rather a tightly knit Korean American family with the shared goal of spreading education to the youth of our society. 

 

Attending the board meetings, I was able to see the passion in the nature of the foundation. Everyone dedicated endless hours to reform and find ways to make the KASF a more effective and prevalent organization in the United States and in the Korean American community. Having the opportunity to attend these board meetings not only showed to me the passion that the organization has, but also how close the individuals of this organization are to each other. Each meeting and board meeting felt almost like a family dinner where jokes and laughter were shared about family life before getting serious about KASF details. As a student with no immediate family in the United States, I felt immediately at home with the KASF members no matter the generational gap.

 

The Sunday night of September 28, 2014 was a night I will never forget. In a large reception hall filled with hundreds of Korean Americans from different generations, students hand picked by the KASF board were handed scholarships due to their proven areas of excellence. The moment when the donors handed the scholarships to their prospective students was of pure joy. Not only were the students grinning to their ears because the academic support they received, but also the donors were in a state of pure euphoria by being able to help the future generations reach excellence. Though these scholarships were a piece of paper with a signature and a check, symbolically the scholarships meant so much more. These scholarships were an investment from the many Korean American community who support the bright minds of the future in their success in life. 

 

After our success at this year's banquet, I am proud and so blessed to say that I am now a part of this expanding family. The KASF family is composed of loving and unique individuals who want to make sure our future generations are as blessed as we are. I would like to congratulate all the volunteers, and to the executive board members for doing such a stunning job this year and I would like to thank them for the opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of volunteers. 

KASF ERC Banquet Reflection 2014

 

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation’s volunteer committee is not solely a group of acquaintances brought together through work, but rather a tightly knit Korean American family with the shared goal of spreading education to the youth of our society. 

 

Attending the board meetings, I was able to see the passion in the nature of the foundation. Everyone dedicated endless hours to reform and find ways to make the KASF a more effective and prevalent organization in the United States and in the Korean American community. Having the opportunity to attend these board meetings not only showed to me the passion that the organization has, but also how close the individuals of this organization are to each other. Each meeting and board meeting felt almost like a family dinner where jokes and laughter were shared about family life before getting serious about KASF details. As a student with no immediate family in the United States, I felt immediately at home with the KASF members no matter the generational gap.

 

The Sunday night of September 28, 2014 was a night I will never forget. In a large reception hall filled with hundreds of Korean Americans from different generations, students hand picked by the KASF board were handed scholarships due to their proven areas of excellence. The moment when the donors handed the scholarships to their prospective students was of pure joy. Not only were the students grinning to their ears because the academic support they received, but also the donors were in a state of pure euphoria by being able to help the future generations reach excellence. Though these scholarships were a piece of paper with a signature and a check, symbolically the scholarships meant so much more. These scholarships were an investment from the many Korean American community who support the bright minds of the future in their success in life. 

 

After our success at this year's banquet, I am proud and so blessed to say that I am now a part of this expanding family. The KASF family is composed of loving and unique individuals who want to make sure our future generations are as blessed as we are. I would like to congratulate all the volunteers, and to the executive board members for doing such a stunning job this year and I would like to thank them for the opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of volunteers.