Dr. Jim Yong Kim, newly appointed President of Dartmouth College, to speak at KACF 4th Annual Building Bridges Gala

Posted by Lia Chang

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, newly appointed President of Dartmouth College, to speak at KACF 4th Annual Building Bridges Gala

The Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) is honoring Mr. Andrew B. Kim, co-founder of Sit/Kim International Investment and a pioneering Korean American business and philanthropic leader at KACF's 4th annual "Building Bridges" Gala Benefit dinner, on October 21 at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 in New York. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, newly appointed President of Dartmouth College, will be the evening's keynote speaker.

Dr. Kim recently took office as the 17th President of Dartmouth College and is the first Asian American president of an Ivy League institution. He is an internationally recognized physician, a dedicated educator, and a humanitarian devoted to providing accessible medical treatment to victims of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases that disproportionately affect world's poorest people.

"We are delighted that an inspiring leader and humanitarian such as Dr. Jim Yong Kim, will be the keynote speaker at our upcoming Gala," says Kyung Yoon, Executive Director of the KACF. "As a public health leader who has devoted his life to addressing global inequities, Dr. Kim exemplifies what it means to be a bridge builder."

The Gala's theme of "building bridges" is based on KACF's vision of a vibrant Korean American community engaged in strengthening out society through philanthropy, volunteerism, and compassionate leadership. Founded in 2002, KACF has become a trusted source of philanthropy within Asian American communities. As of this year, KACF has made more than 60 grants totaling $1 million to 20 non-profit organizations working to improve lives and transform communities.

Dr. Kim is co-founder of Partners in Health, a non-profit organization that supports health programs in poor communities worldwide, and a former senior official of the Department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization. Dr. Kim received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 2003; was named one of America's 25 "Best Leaders" by US News & World Report in 2005; and was featured as one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2006.

Tony W. Lee, Gala Co-Chair, says, "We hope that the Gala can instill both a philanthropic mindset and a giving habit as well as pride in the Korean American community and all that we have and are able to accomplish."

2009 KACF Building Bridges Gala
Chelsea Piers, Pier 60
October 21, 2009
6:30pm

KACF provides grants and capacity-building assistance to organizations working to address the most pressing needs in the Korean American community and beyond. To our supporters, we provide a way to magnify the impact of their giving and to build bridges across generations and communities. For more information, please visit www.kacfny.org