"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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