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Korean-Americans Celebrate Friends of Thirteen Community Engagement

By Michelle Michalos
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
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By Daniel T. Allen

On November 17th, 2010, the Korean-American Friends of Thirteen hosted a celebration to support the recently launched Friends of Thirteen Pacella Fund for Community Engagement. The lively event took place at Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center and included authentic Korean cuisine and a live musical performance from Na Sun, a Chinese-born violinist with the New York Philharmonic.

WNET.ORG President and CEO Neal Shapiro attended with his wife and Good Morning America correspondent Juju Chang. Young-mok Kim, Ambassador from the Republic of Korea was a special guest. The event was chaired by Raymond Kang and Calvin Kong, President and Vice-President of the Korean-American Friends of Thirteen.

“When Dr. Joon Jai Bang formed the Korean Friends in 1994, he did so because he believed that public television belongs to everyone and it’s also everyone’s responsibility,” said Shapiro in his address to the crowd, “Over the past 16 years, the Korean Friends have lived up to that ideal.”

Since its inception, Korean-American Friends have helped to raise substantial financial support for WNET and were instrumental in helping to produce programs like the Korean-American Spirit, produced in 2001:

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This event was sponsored by generous donations from the Grace and Mercy Foundation, State Farm, Earth Therapeutics, the National Unification Advisory Council, New York Chapter as well as individual donors Mr. & Mrs. Richard Han, Mr. & Mrs. Jason Chon,  Ms. Kyong Rhee and Mr. Simon Seo.

About Korean-American Friends of Thirteen

The Korean-American Friends of Thirteen bridges the New York Metropolitan Korean-American community and Friends of Thirteen by creating awareness and celebrating both cultures.

About Friends of Thirteen, Inc.

The Friends of THIRTEEN is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who act as liaisons between THIRTEEN and the community to: INCREASE engagement with the station’s quality programming; PROMOTE use of its innovative educational resources; and EXPAND support for public media as one of our nation’s great cultural resources. For more information about Friends please contact Executive Director Dorothy Pacella at 212.560.2800 or Pacella@thirteen.org.

A chef prepares Korean-style sushi and sashimi for the guests.

Chinese-born violinist Na Sun performs Bach’s Chaconne.

Neal Shapiro poses for a photo with Ambassador Young-mok Kim and Raymond Kang, President of the Korean-American Friends of Thirteen.

Neal Shapiro and Juju Chang with Ambassador Young-mok Kim.


  • Jenny Lee

    Hi,
    Is it possible to get a print version of this article and photos? We are members of the Friends of Thirteen, and we would love to hang up a proper print version of the article in our office. Please let me know how we can get the print version, or who to contact for this. Thank you.