2018 Gala

 

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Diana Son

Diana Son is the most successful Asian American writer/producer/showrunner with a nearly 20-year long career in television including two Emmy nominations. She is also an accomplished and award-winning playwright whose plays have been translated into many languages and are performed all over the world.

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Joon H. Kim

Joon H. Kim is an illustrious attorney who served as the Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York when he replaced Preet Bharara, making him the highest ranking Korean American prosecutor.

 

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Tereza Lee

Tereza Lee is known as the “Original Dreamer.” In 2001 Senator Dick Durbin wrote the original DREAM act specifically for Tereza. She is a gifted pianist and an activist fighting for the rights of the undocumented immigrant community.

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Emcee: Vivian Lee

Vivian Lee is a board member of KoreanAmericanStory.org. She is also an anchor and reporter for NY1.

 

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Anthony Luckett

Anthony Luckett is the winner of the 2017 ROAR Story Slam Competition for the Spoken Word Category.

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David Choi

David Choi is the winner of the 2017 ROAR Story Slam Competition for the Narrative Category.

 

 


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KoreanAmericanStory.org 8th Annual Gala

Wednesday, May 9th 2018
Tribeca 360
10 Desbrosses Street, New York

6:30pm    Cocktail hour
7:30pm    Dinner, awards ceremony, special storytelling performance, live auction
A night to remember with special stories from amazing Trailblazers from our community.

 


TICKETS


 

Friends Ticket $600

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One choice seat at the Gala, name listing in the journal if purchased by April 15th, 2018

*$475 is tax-deductible

Supporter Ticket $400

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One seat at the Gala

*$275 is tax-deductible

Donation

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If you cannot attend, but wish to make a fully tax-deductible donation

100% of your donation should be tax-deductible

 

 


SPONSORSHIP


 

Sustaining Sponsor $25,000

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  • *  Premier placement of one table of 20 seats
  • *  Speaking Opportunity
  • *  Recognition in the printed and online materials
  • *  Full page ad in premium location of the program if purchased by April 15th, 2018,
  • *  Logo on video screen
  • *  Special recognition from the podium during the event.
  • *  $22,500 is tax-deductible for 20 seats

 

 

Benefactor Sponsor $10,000

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  • *  Premier placement of one table of 10 seats
  • *  Recognition in the printed and online materials
  • *  Full page ad in premium location of the program if purchased by April 15th, 2018,
  • *  Logo on video screen
  • *  Special recognition from the podium during the event.
  • *  $8,750 is tax-deductible for 10 seats

 

 Patron Sponsor $6,000

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  • *  Prominent placement of one table of 10 seats
  • *  Recognition in the printed and online materials
  • *  Full page ad in the program if purchased by April 15th, 2018
  • *  $4,750 is tax-deductible for 10 seats

 

Supporter Sponsor $4,000

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  • *  Preferred placement of one table of 10 seats
  • *  Recognition in the printed and online materials
  • *  Half page ad in the program if purchased by April 15th, 2018
  • *  $2,750 is tax-deductible for 10 seats

 

 

 


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PROGRAM ADVERTISING


 

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$700 Half Page

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Submit art files to hj@KoreanAmericaStory.org no later than April 15th, 2018.

 

 


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Diana Son

Diana has a nearly 20-year long career as an award-winning playwright and t.v. writer/producer. She was co-showrunner and Executive Producer of the Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why.” She has been Emmy-nominated twice as Co-Executive Producer of the ABC series “American Crime.” In 2015 she created and executive produced the pilot “Love is a Four-Letter Word” for NBC. She has also been a writer/producer for a number of series including “Southland,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Do No Harm” and started her t.v. career as a staff writer for “The West Wing.” Diana has also written a number of pilots for Amazon, CBS, NBC and A&E and is currently writing a pilot about 4 Asian American women for HBO.

Diana is also the author of the plays Stop Kiss, Satellites, BOY, R.A.W. (‘Cause I’m a Woman) and others. Stop Kiss and Satellites premiered at the Public Theater in NYC. Stop Kiss was extended at the Public Theater three times making it the longest running straight play since “A Chorus Line.” It won the GLAAD Media Award for Best New York Production and Diana won the John Gassner Playwriting Prize and the Berilla Kerr Award for playwriting. Stop Kiss has been produced at hundreds of theatres nationally and abroad and been translated into a number of different languages including Hungarian, Japanese, and Korean. Her previous plays include BOY, Fishes, and R.A.W. (‘Cause I’m a Woman). Among the theaters Diana’s plays have been produced at are: La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Delaware Theatre Company, BRAVA, New Georges, and many others.

Diana has been the recipient of an NEA/TCG residency grant at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and a Brooks Atkinson Fellowship at the National Theatre in London. She has taught playwriting at NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing and the Yale School of Drama. She is currently Program Chair of the Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship program. She lives in Brooklyn with husband and 3 sons.

 

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Joon H. Kim

Joon H. Kim served as the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from March 2017 to January 2018. In that capacity, Mr. Kim was the most senior federal law enforcement officer in the District, overseeing the work of approximately 220 Assistant U.S. Attorneys prosecuting and litigating all types of matters in federal court, including international and domestic terrorism, securities and commodities fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, violent and organized crime, financial and other white-collar offenses, as well as all civil rights and environmental matters.

Prior to becoming Acting U.S. Attorney, Mr. Kim served for almost two years as the Deputy U.S. Attorney, the second-in- command at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was promoted to that position in July 2015 after serving as Chief of the Criminal Division from July 2013 to July 2014, during which time he oversaw all of the Office’s criminal matters. From April 2013 to July 2014, Mr. Kim served as the Chief Counsel to the U.S. Attorney.

From 2006 until 2013, Mr. Kim was a litigation and enforcement partner at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Mr. Kim’s practice at Cleary Gottlieb focused on white-collar criminal defense and regulatory enforcement, as well as commercial civil litigation and international arbitration.

From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Kim was an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of crimes, including racketeering, murder, money laundering, securities fraud, firearms and narcotics offenses, tax evasion, and terrorism.

Mr. Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1993 and graduated Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1996. After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York.

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Tereza Lee was undocumented for 22 years. She was born in Brazil to Korean parents and immigrated to Chicago with her family when she was two years old.

She began playing piano at age seven, largely self-taught. At age 16, she received scholarship and began taking formal lessons at the Merit School of Music, and won a competition and performed Tchaikovsky with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Tereza and Ann Monaco, the late artistic director of Merit School of Music, contacted Senator Dick Durbin to ask for help regarding her immigration status, which led him to begin working on the original version of the DREAM Act in 2001.

Tereza became and remains involved in activism, especially in support of the undocumented immigrant community. Tereza is currently working on her doctorate in music at the Manhattan School of Music. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, a jazz trombonist, and two young children.”

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Vivian Lee

Vivian is a board member of KoreanAmericanStory.org. She is also the host of Spectrum News NY1’s Spotlight New York, a new show giving an insider’s look at the NYC arts and culture scene.

She joined NY1 as an anchor and reporter in 2008. Since then, she has fronted many stories of vital local and national interest, including anchoring NY1’s team coverage of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Cuba and the US in September 2015. In March 2013, she reported from Vatican City for several weeks leading up to Francis’ election as pope and was the first reporter of the NYC market to break news that a new pope had been elected. Several months before that she was reporting from the flooded Financial District hours after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC. In 2011, she was the first in the city to report the sale of fake gold bars in the Diamond District of Manhattan.

Vivian has also anchored hours of continuous coverage during breaking news, including the mid-air collision of a tour helicopter and small plane over the Hudson River in 2009 that claimed 9 lives, as well as the arrest in 2010 of a Times Square bomb plotter.

In October 2012, she reported from a deluged Financial District hours after Hurricane Sandy hit, and in the weeks to come, from devastated neighborhoods in the Rockaways in Queens, Coney Island and Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn, and Oakwood and Midland Beach on Staten Island.

Vivian’s career in New York started at WNBC in 2002, where she was a general assignment reporter for six years. During that time, her reporting included coverage of two deadly crane collapses in Manhattan, the assassination of a councilman inside City Hall, and then-New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s sex scandal and resignation. Vivian’s in-depth and investigative reporting included city deals with landlords who evicted tenants they were contracted to help, as well as the death of a nursing home patient in a suburb of the city that sparked a state health department probe.

Vivian was born in Toronto, after her parents emigrated from Seoul. She now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Photo_AnthonyLuckett_500X500Anthony Luckett

Tony heads up Biz Dev & Ops at Leap.ai. He grew up in Queens, NYC where he discovered his love for telling stories, dancing, and breaking things. Abandoning his city roots to study mechanical engineering and sculpture at Dartmouth, Tony found his voice in the hills of New Hampshire. Several creative writing/poetry awards and engineering problem sets later, he put his critical and creative thinking skills to the test in the field of education – first in the Marshall Islands as a teacher and school leader, then in Boston as a high school math teacher. It was during this time he learned the powerful importance of connecting with people. While completing his MBA at Stanford, he dove into design thinking, which helped him frame his approach to building empathy and storytelling. He’s shared his approach to storytelling with the Stanford community, Toastmasters leadership, and leaders in Tech.

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David Choi

David is a second generation Korean American from Greensboro, North Carolina and a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing a major in Psychology and Neuroscience with minors in Creative Writing and Medicine, Literature, and Culture. He is interested in the Korean diaspora, narrative medicine, and mental illness, especially that of Asian Americans and queer identifying people. David also identifies as a queer Korean/Asian American and a person living with a bipolar spectrum disorder. He enjoys reading Korean and Korean American literature, writing short stories, engaging in psychological research, and trying to understand what it means to be an activist. David struggles with the constant issue of having too many books that have yet to be read and journals that have yet to be written in. He also dreams of one day making Korean food as well as his grandmother did.

 


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Here are the videos from last year’s Gala.

Trailblazer Award Honoree: Brian Tee
Actor Brian Tee was one of our three Trailblazer Award honorees at the Gala. He is best known for his starring role as “DK, the Drift King,” in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Brian humbly accepted his award, sharing that his story is one of gratitude. He also recognized the presence and influence of “three very strong women” in his life: his aunt, mother, and grandmother.

 

 

Trailblazer Award Honoree: Jeannie Park
Journalist and non-profit leader Jeannie Park was one of our three Trailblazer Award honorees at the Gala. She was founding president of the Asian American Journalists Association in New York, and has worked tirelessly to change the dynamics of the industry. While Jeannie was given the spotlight, she took the moment to thank her mother and to recognize her resilience–even in the midst of grief, loss, and danger.

 

 

Trailblazer Award Honoree: Martha Crawford
Psychotherapist and adoptive parent Martha Crawford was one of our three Trailblazer Award honorees at the Gala. She highlighted the importance of having spaces, such as All Together Now which she and her husband founded, where “adopted children define their own experiences, and adoptive parents sit and listen and learn from adoptees.”

 

 

Featured performer: Sung Lee
Award-winning beatboxer Sung Lee (SungBeats) was the featured performer at the Gala. He blew us away with all of his different talents: beatboxing, rapping, singing, and creating music!!


 

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PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR’S GALA

Photos from last year’s Gala on our Facebook Page. Click on link below:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/KoreanAmericanStory.org/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154994102060067


Sustaining Sponsors


Mectra Labs

 Mectra Labs Inc

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Patron Sponsors


BDO

 Ohn Choe

Martin Juhn & Jay Oh

John Limb & Judy Hong

 


Supporter Sponsors


 Dr. Agnes Ahn

 Andrea & Paul Compton

 LG

Jeannie Park

 


Gala Planning Committee


Ohn Choe
Theresa Choh-Lee
Anna Kang
Jen Kim
John Kwon
HJ Lee
Mark Lee
Vivian Lee
John Limb
Jessica Moon
Jay Oh
Raye McDavid
Unjoo Noh
Yoon Lee Perera
Julie Young

 


Gala Host Committee


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Dr. Agnes Rhee Ahn
Nuree Choe
Ohn Choe
Andrea Compton
Paul Compton
Theresa Choh-Lee
Thomas Park Clement
Judy Hong
Martin Juhn
Wonsook Kim
John Kwon
HJ Lee
Vivian Lee
John Limb
Jay Mai
Jessica Moon
Jay Oh
Jeannie Park
Julie Young