Annual Benefit 2012’s second Annual Benefit “A Celebration of Multi-Cultural Korean Americans”, took place on May 8th, 2012 at the French Culinary Institute.  Our special guests, Marja Vongerichten and Will Demps, shared their stories as bi-racial Black-Koreans.  Their stories were humorous at times, and sometimes they were poignant and heartbreaking, but they were definitely authentic and shared from the heart.

will marja small imageWe thank all the planning committee members: Julie Young, Michelle Kim, Mark Lee, Yoon Lee Perera, Young-Yi Clinton, James Lee, Anne Behk Chung, John Kwon and Theresa Choh-Lee.  Big hugs to all the attendees, donors and those who participated in the auctions.  A special thanks to our corporate sponsor, Amore Pacific, who were very supportive of this Benefit. A heartfelt thanks to Marja Vongerichten for donating her time, talent and 3 dinners!  Marja, you are incredibly gracious and wonderful to work with!  We also thank Will Demps, who had to fly out from CA 2 times to prepare and to attend our Benefit.  He will be flying out for the 3rd time to take the auction winners to L’Artusi.  You are awesome Will!

Thank you Nathan Hale Williams for being an incredibly funny and energetic auctioneer!  Finally, to all the auction winners: Thank you for bidding generously!

All Photos by Janice Chung



Marja Vongerichten

Marja Vongerichten is the host of PBS series, Kimchi Chronicles, a program about Korean cuisine and culture, that is equal parts food and travelogue. She is also the author of the Kimchi Chronicles companion cookbook, which was just released this year. She lives in New York City with her husband, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and their daughter, Chloe. follow Marja on Fb and on Twitter @marja_kimchi



Will Demps

Will Demps is a former professional football player who played 7 seasons in the NFL as a free safety.  He played in 88 career NFL games with 70 games as a starter.  He played 4 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, 2 seasons with the Houston Texans and one season with the New York Giants. Will has also been in 2 playoff games with Baltimore and New York.  He was named People Magazine’s Hottest Bachelor in 2009, and he is now a Model & Actor. Follow Will on Twitter @WillDemps