The Annual Gala is KACF’s biggest event of the year, bringing together nearly 1,000 leaders and philanthropists under one roof to celebrate the impact of our nonprofit partners and extraordinary individuals in our community. Funds raised support the Foundation’s initiatives to strengthen the economic security of under-resourced and underrepresented Korean Americans.

Annual Gala 2023 | Power of Jeong

Honoree: Joon H. Kim – Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Former Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Trailblazer Award: Kathleen Kim – Sesame Street Puppeteer (Ji-Young, the first Asian American Muppet); Teo Yoo – Actor and Star of Past Lives

Annual Gala 2022 | Celebrate • Elevate (20th Anniversary)

Honorees: Joseph Y. Bae –  Co-CEO of KKR; Lee Jung-jae – Actor & Star of Squid Game

Trailblazer Award: Michelle Zauner – Musician & Author of Crying in H Mart

Annual Gala 2021 | Visibility • Voice
Full Recording

Honorees: Daniel Dae Kim – Actor & Producer; Youn Yuh-Jung – Actress

Trailblazer Award: Awkwafina – Actress

Special Guest: Marilyn Strickland – U.S. Congresswoman (Washington’s 10th District)

Annual Gala 2020 | Above & Beyond
Full Recording

Honorees: KACF’s 2020 Grantee Partners

Legacy Award: John M. Hong, M.D. – Co-Founder of KACF

Trailblazer Award: Lenzo Yoon – CEO of Global & Business at Big Hit Entertainment

Special Guests: Miky Lee – Vice Chairwoman of CJ Group; BTS

Annual Gala 2019

Honorees: Min Jin Lee – Author of Pachinko; Juju Chang, Co-Anchor of ABC News’ Nightline

Special Guest: Caroline Kennedy – Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Annual Gala 2018 | Rooted in Community, Giving Rise to a Strong Foundation

Honoree: Miky Lee – Vice Chairwoman of CJ Group

Trailblazer Award: Chloe Kim – Olympic Gold Medalist & 4-Time X Games Gold Medalist

Annual Gala 2017 | Celebrating Resilience (15th Anniversary)

Honoree: Chong-Moon Lee – Chairman & CEO of Ambex Venture Partner; Founder of Diamond Multimedia Systems

Keynote: Marvin Myungwoo Chun – Dean of Yale College & Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science

Annual Gala 2016

Honoree: Jeong H. Kim – Co-Founder of Kiswe Mobile & President Emeritus of Bell Labs

Keynote: Jim Yong Kim – President of World Bank Group

Annual Gala 2015

Honoree: Ken Jeong – Actor, Comedian, Producer & Physician

Keynote: Ban Ki-moon – United Nations Secretary-General

Annual Gala 2014

Honoree: Jin Roy Ryu — Chairman & CEO of Poongsan Group

Keynote: General Colin Powell – Former U.S. Secretary of State

Annual Gala 2013

Honoree: John Kim – Vice Chairman & CIO of New York Life

Martha Choe – CAO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Annual Gala 2012

Honoree: Yongmaan Park – Chairman & CEO, Doosan Group

Annual Gala 2011

Honoree: Higgin Kim – CEO of Byucksan Engineering

Keynote: Howard Koh – U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health

Annual Gala 2010

Honoree: Sung-Joo Kim – CEO of MCM

Keynote: Paull Shin – Washington State Senator

Annual Gala 2009 |

Honoree: Andrew Kim – Co-Founder of Sit/Kim Int’l Investment

Keynote: Jim Yong Kim – President of Dartmouth College

Annual Gala 2008 |

Honoree: Youngsuk “YS” Chi – Vice Chairman of Elsevier

Honoree: Wonil Cho – Former Korean Consul General to New York

Annual Gala 2007 |

Honoree: William Rhodes – Chairman, President & CEO of Citibank

Keynote Speaker: Jeannie Park – Executive Editor, PEOPLE Magazine

Special Guest: Michael Bloomberg – Mayor of the City of New York

Annual Gala 2006 |

Honoree: Dong-Jin Oh – CEO of Samsung Electronics America

Community Catalyst Awardee: Ford Foundation

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