KCCP Spring Concert was held April 18th 6:00 pm at Mr. Joh’s House (한국 신문 기사)

프린스턴 한인 커뮤니티(KCCP, 이사장 서니조 ) 센터는 프린스턴과 중부 뉴저지 지역 한인들을 위한 우리가곡의 밤을 지난 4월 18일 저녁 7시 개최하였습니다. 가정 음악회 형식으로  서니 조 KCCP 이사장 댁에서 열린 이 음악회는 저녁식사와 친교의 시간을 가진후 1시간 동안 진행되었습니다. 메조소프라노 양경자, 소프라노 장기백, 테너 차기훈 그리고 반주에는 돌로레스 이마큘렛 음대 교수가 출연하여 “그대있음에” ” 그리운 금강산” 등 우리 가곡과 Climb Every Mountains, Street Song 등 잘 알려진 외국곡, 뮤지컬등을 연주했습니다.  그리고 순서 사이에 청중들이 함께 부르는 싱어롱 시간이 마련되어 참석한  모든사람들이 연주자가 되기도 했습니다. 참가자들은 음악회가 끝난후 오래 만에 우리노래를 듣고 부르는 시간을 가져서 매주 즐거웠다며 자주 이러한 행사를 갖기를 원했습니다.
프린스턴 한인 커뮤니티(KCCP) 센터는 잊혀져 가는 우리문화를 보존하고 발전하기 위하여 2007년 창립되었으며 2017년에 완공 목표로 회관 건립에 힘을  모으고 있습니다.  (From Korean Newspaper )

KCCP FMs showed their strong passion for the KCCP mission at FMs’ Night

This year’s annual  KCCP founding member night was full of spirit and hope for the KCCP community center construction. Despite the rainy day, the KCCP Founding members showed their strong passion for the KCCP mission.

After Dr. Yoo’s KCCP 2014 Treasurer’s Financial report,  Mr. Jae Hak Chung, KCCP Architect, showed our final Construction detail Plan which was recently approved by the Construction Committee; Dr. Jung Hi Lee then provided additional details about the future construction schedule.

Mrs. Sunny Joh, KCCP Chairwoman, then gave an inspiring speech. She said that small seeds need various components  to grow into a big tree, such as  time ,water, nutrition  light, etc. She then explained that our community center similarly needs  founding members’ to contribute their time and effort to grow the KCCP dream into a real center.  She suggested that we put our fundraising and program ideas into an idea box and to use them .

Join us on December 6th for KCCP’s Annual Founding Members’ Night

The Korean Community Center of Greater Princeton (“KCCP”) will hold its 2014 Annual Founding Members’ Night on Saturday, December 6th.

KCCP invites its Founding Members, friends, and family to the Annual Founding Member’s Night. We are going to have presentations on the Community Center Building design, Talent Show, and Korean Wedding Gown Exhibition as well as great food. Come join us for this exciting night of celebration!

4:00 – Korean Wedding Gown Exhibition, Cocktail Hour, and more
6:00 – Main Event

University Medical Center of Princeton at
Plainsboro Education Center
(One Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536)
Please use Parking Lot V2
(Education Center is located near Parking Lot V2) (see map below)

If you have any questions, please call at 215 635 2668
or kihooncha@kccprinceton.org
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“Build to Share! ” Keynote Speech by Timothy Haahs at 8th KCCP Gala 기조연설 전문

Thank you!  It is my honor to be with you on this very special evening celebrating the 8th Annual Chuseok Gala.

“Build to Share”! What a theme for a gathering such as this! In reflection of this phrase, I recalled a time when I was in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant and read a book called, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. In other words, “everything I need to know in order to succeed in life, I learned in kindergarten.” Lessons like:
1)   Clean up your own mess
2)   Flush the toilet
3)   Say sorry when you hurt somebody
4)   Put things back where you found them
5)   Don’t hit people
6)   Play fair
7)   And SHARE everything.
So, when I started my company 20 years ago, I decided to keep my core values simple. I teach my staff to:
1)   Return calls on the same day.
2)   Inform all the time; keep clients and staff “in the know.”
3)   Go the extra mile.

And the overarching purpose of our existence was framed into this mission statement: we exist to help those in need.
This is our solid foundation. This is how we build to share.

Light the candle…

I light this candle as a visual echo of a verse from Proverbs 31:28, “She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.” I pray that this evening will be profitable both financially and spiritually, so that KCCP can become the shining LIGHT and sharing HANDS of this community.
Now, with a room of this size full of so many Koreans; I’d like to see if you are truly Korean-American and know your heritage!
Let me pose this question:
Why did people begin to fight when grandmother left the room?
(Pause for audience’s answer)
Because, there was no harmony (할머니).
We all strive to be great in many things.We strive to get good grades, get into good schools, land a great job, run a great business and of course, find a beautiful wife or a perfect husband. And we have the vision to build this community center. They are all achievable. They are all easier than this one, very thing: living in HARMONY. Yes, living in harmony with others is one of the most challenging things in life.
To live in HARMONY, we need something that keeps the candlelight burning.
This reminds me of the humor between a boy and a girl. A girl says to a boy she wants to marry him; saying that when they are married, she will take away all his worries, challenges and troubles. And the boys says, “That’s good darling, but I do not have any worries, challenges or troubles.” The girl then replies, “That’s because we are not married yet.”
You may have a perfect partner but living a harmonious life with that person is something else. You may build this community center but sharing it in harmony with the community will be something else.
In the movie Field of Dreams, there goes the infamous quote “If you build it, they will come.” And they did. But, do you know why they came? They came not because they built the field; they came because they built a dream!
The field they built was a place where their dreams were made, born, hoped, casted, and realized.
If we build it, can we share?
If we build it, can we share in harmony with the community?
Someone once asked me, “How do you become successful? How do you make the ‘American Dream’ come true?” Well, I said to him, “Carry 1,000-lbs of steel on your back, and then you will find the way to get there.” And of course, he was puzzled! So, I proceeded with these two stories – one of recent memory and another, a piece of history.
There was a time I overheard two ladies walking towards an escalator. As they approached the escalator, one lady complained saying that it was broken again. The other lady simply replied, “Escalator’s don’t breakdown; they just turn into stairs.”
In 1518, Captain Hernando Cortes, a native of Spain, was appointed as explorer and conqueror to Mexico. At that time, Mexico was under the rule of the mighty Aztec Empire. Captain Cortes sailed from Cuba to a peninsula located on the east coast of Mexico. He only had 11 ships, 500 soldiers, 100 sailors, and only 16 horses. His rule of engagement was simple: to conquer Mexico no matter what, no matter how long!
When they landed in the peninsula, the Captain told his soldiers to burn all their boats. His people were shocked. He said to them, “Burn the boats. Torch the boats.” And he added, “If we go home, we are going home on their boats, the enemy’s boats.” That was their rule of engagement!
For each one of the soldiers and sailors, that was more than carrying 1,000-lbs of steel on their back. They feared for their lives. All smiles and joy left them!
Yet, amazing things began to happen.  Captain Cortes and his crew fought really hard and very well. Three years later, they defeated the Aztec Empire and built Mexico City in its place. The 1,000-lbs of steel on their back helped them to survive. It helped them to be creative and clever. They won the war by first becoming friends with the locals, making them their allies. They first learned to live in HARMONY with the locals.
Their boats were burned. Their hearts were deeply saddened. Their escalator was broken. But they turned it all into STAIRS of HOPE, a New Beginning.
The challenges we face today will give birth to a new mission, a new sense of purpose in life that is greater than self.
Just how, do you wonder? Well, I, too, had many hardships and challenges!
For one, I grew up in a leper’s colony in Busan, Korea where my father served as a pastor for 13 years. Growing up in that area, I was ridiculed, mocked, and called names, as though I was a leper myself. The other children even threw rocks at me, to keep me away from them.
Upon coming to the U.S. in 1969, my life seemed normal; that is, other than getting the usual bullies and being called names and told to “go-back-to-where-you-come-from.” After college, I started to work for an engineering and architectural company and moved up in the corporate ladder pretty quickly, becoming a principal at age 29 at one of the largest firms.  I thought I was running high. I thought I had made it. I thought my life would be a cruise from this point on. And yet, one day, 22 years ago, while I was driving along the New Jersey Turnpike, going 75 MPH, I passed out. My heart was not supplying enough AIR, oxygen, to my brain.
I was only 31 years old.  I went to the hospital that day and was told, “You have a serious problem. Mr. Haahs, your heart is not functioning properly.” Within hours they placed a pacemaker within me to regulate my heartbeat. A few weeks later, they placed a defibrillator in my belly to activate or to calm my irregular heartbeat. Then, it was decided; the doctor came to me and said, “Your heart is no good. If you want to survive, you’ll need a heart transplant.”  Upon hearing that, my face turned pale. I felt the earth shake beneath me, the sky crumble down on top of me. I really felt that the sun and moon would no longer shine, as if there was no more AIR for me to breathe in. Instantly, I felt 1,000-lbs of steel pile on top of my back. I felt every single pound of it. It was a weight I could not bear. My escalator was broken. I saw my life being destroyed before me.      That night and many nights afterwards, alone in the hospital room, when no one was around, I cried!
I wanted to know how my girls would be taken care of.
I wanted to know if I had any chance of living again.
I wanted to know if God really cared for me.
I wanted to know if there was any purpose left for my life.
My life was broken.
I waited 6 months in the hospital for a donor. During this time I lost just about everything: my salary, bonus, BMW, rental properties. We exceeded our insurance limit of $1M and had a hospital bill for an additional $450,000. My body depended on medicine that cost $1500 a month; I became a beggar looking for leftover medicines. There were even holes in my children’s sneakers – though, they would just shrug their shoulders and smile.
Yes, my life was broken. There was no harmony.
Until, one evening it hit me; a verse from the Bible resounded within me: “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” And I began to draw in my mind the STAIRS springing out of the brokenness.
My heart was broken, but I could hear the echo: “Escalators don’t breakdown; they just turn into stairs.”
I had then decided to turn what is broken into STAIRS of HOPE, transform what is broken into STAIRS of living in HARMONY with people around me.Instead of focusing on the weight of all these burdens, I began to ask what I would do when I get a second chance in life.
One day, I picked up a local newspaper in the hospital. It had an article about a soup kitchen run by a group of local churches and how they had to close their doors due to a lack of funding. I mentioned to my wife that day, “when I leave this place, when I have my heart transplant, I want to live for others before I live for myself: my career, my goals, my money, my success. Now I want to live to help people.  I want to live to give like my father did, spending 13 years of his life in a leper’s colony loving and caring for people.” And she agreed! With that, my wife and I decided to start a new company and we wrote down a mission statement: “We exist to help those who are in need.” It means that we not only financially help those who are less fortunate than us, but that we also live in harmony through sacrifice, honesty, and transparency.
In referring to the candlelight…
Do you know what happens when gasoline comes in contact with a spark?
Cover the candle
If you are thinking that we would have an explosion or fire, you are wrong. It takes more than just a candle and a match to start a fire. It takes AIR. Fire can only ignite in the presence of AIR. Without AIR, oxygen, nothing will happen. Most of us here are Korean-Americans. We have a pioneering spirit. We have determination. We are survivors. We have tenacity to overcome any challenges. But to turn the broken escalator into stairs, it takes more.  It takes more than just a candle and a match. It requires AIR.We often say that we need to shine. In fact we say that it is time for us to SHINE.
Our motherland, Korea, is shining globally. 40 years ago, they started by making garments and providing labor; South Korea’s economy was built by nurses and miners who went to labor in developing countries and by soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War. They sacrificed. Then, Korean automobiles entered the global market. Samsung and LG are now illuminating the world with technologies. K-pop and Korean dramas are dominating the world stage. Soon, I think we will emerge in fashion and movies. Then, I predict food; Bibimbob will invade every corner of this land, and of course, Kimchi and Galbi are a must.
What about us in the US? We worked hard. We built communities with stores, restaurants and churches. Many of our young people are doing amazing things in this society. Our children need to grow knowing that they can shine; they can create fire; they can turn a broken escalator into STAIRS, living in harmony with others. One day they will realize that good schooling and good grades do not always create success and harmony. It takes something else – it takes AIR. For Korean-Americans to shine here in the US, the air we need is NOT just voices or visibilities that politicians talk about. The air we need is NOT just great scholastic achievement some of our parents talk about.
The air we need is HOPE from brokenness. The air we need is SACRIFICE for harmony’s sake. The air we need is helping those who are in need. The air we need is living with purpose greater than self.
To the leaders of KCCP: You make us proud; keep up the good work. You are the hope. The candlelight is burning brightly today because you are helping us to see the STAIRS of Hope.
To the sponsors of this event and all of you who are here today: Keep the light burning because you are the AIR. You are the air, the oxygen we need to keep the candlelight of hope burning and to turn what is broken into stairs of HOPE.

Today, we also celebrate Chuseok. Admittedly, one of my favorite parts about Chuseok is the 떡! I love Korean 떡! Especially 찐덕찐덕한 떡. And, I always wanted to know why 송편떡 is shaped like a half-moon.
송편이 반달같은 모양을 가진 이유는, 백제의 의자왕이 이런 말을 하였습니다. “백제는 보름달이요, 신라는 반달이요” 라고 하였습니다. 그 후 백제는 신라에게 정복 당하였습니다.
언젠 부터인가 한국에서는 “반달은 희망을 주는 모양”이라하고 반달 모양을 가진 송편을 보름달 아래서 먹으며 미래에 대한 행운과 희망을 품기 시작했다고 합니다.
오늘 우리는 이룩하지 못한꿈과 아픔, 어려운 환경으로 인한 상처를 다 가져와 반달같은 희망의 모양…송편을 드시며 아픔과 어려움을 소망으로 극복하기 원합니다. 성경에 여호와의 말씀이니라. 너희를 향한 나의 생각을 내가 아나니, 평안이요 재앙이 아니니라. 너희에게 미래와 희망을 주는 것이니라”  (예레미아 29:11) 하셨습니다.

The half-moon shaped rice-cake is to remind the people with absolute certainty that a half moon will turn into a full moon; that better days are yet to come. The broken escalators will turn into STAIRS; the Center will be built.
When we live in harmony, when we live to share, this community center will become the beacon of HOPE. And you are the AIR that will keep the HOPE alive.
As so wisely spoken by Mother Teresa, “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”

The air we need to be able to share is love.
The air we need is to dream.
The air we need is you.
The air we need is to be good neighbors.

Thank you!

(This speech is permitted by author to be read on our website)

 

 

Thank You To The 8th KCCP Golf Tournament Sponsors (click here for details)

We express special appreciation to Advance Food Systems, Inc.  for the title sponsorship to the 2014 KCCP Golf event.  Advanced Food System’s generous support will enable KCCP to serve our community in general and Korean community.

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We would like to thank The Bank of Princeton for sponsoring our 2014 KCCP event as a Tournament Sponsor

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We would like to thank Duane Morris, LLP for sponsoring our 2014 KCCP event as a Tournament Sponsor

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The 8th KCCP Golf Tournament May 31st 12:30 PM

The 8th annual KCCP Fundraising Golf Tournament
12:30pm (1:30pm tee off) Saturday, May 31st.
Cranbury Golf Course  49 Southfield Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550

This year we will be playing at the Cranbury golf course. Entrance fee is $100 per person and it includes practice balls, Korean gimbob snack with bottled water, gas cart, premier dinner, and social events during and after dinner. Dinner-only participation is welcome at a fee of $50. The tournament format is the mixed format of twosome scramble or traditional individual competition. Dinner starts at 6:15 pm and it includes:
open bar 6:30 pm-7:30 pm (beer and wine) and four main entrees to choose from along with vegetables and salad.

Dinner will be followed by Korean/ American 60’s-80’s pop classic naming contest/Karaoke

For reservations and questions and sponsorship offering, please contact Henry Chun at henry.chun@hotmail.com or (347) 927-1231.

KCCP thanks Advanced Food Systems for being the title sponsor for this event!

제 8회 KCCP 건축기금 모금골프대회가 5월 31일 오후 12시 30분에 시작할 예정입니다. 주로 Heron Glen에서 개최된 예년과 달리 금년은 KCCP부지와 가까운 Cranbury Golf Club (49 Southfield Rd., West Windsor, NJ 08550)에서 개최됩니다. 개인당 참가비는 백불이며, 무료 연습공,점심 김밥, 음료, 카트, 풍성한 저녁, 다채로운 저녁여흥시간이 제공될 예정입니다. 저녁식사 부터 참가할 수 있으며 Dinner-only참가비는 50불입니다.

대회형식은 2인 1조의 스크램블방식과 개인 경기방식을 혼합하여 진행 합니다. 가족 친구중 초보자골퍼와 같이 2인 1조로 참석하기를 권장하지만 개인참가도 환영합니다.
Dinner starts at 6:15 pm and it includes:
open bar 6:30 pm-7:30 pm (beer and wine) and four main entrees to choose from along with vegetables and salad.

Dinner will be followed by Korean/ American 60’s-80’s pop classic naming contest/Karaoke

저녁 식사 메뉴 

참가 예약 및 문의는 천흥규(henry.chun@hotmail.com  or 347-927-1231)

The 7th KCCP Golf Tournament 50 Golfers Played. 50명 참가한 가운데 종료

KoreanCommunity Center of Greater Princeton (KCCP) successfully held the 7th KCCP Fundraising Golf Tournament at Heron Glen Golf Course in Ringoes, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  Tournament style was unique.  Participants were able to decide individual-based style while two people were able to form one team for scramble style.

About 50 participants and volunteers joined the event.  The KCCP trophy was awarded to Mr. Mark Purpura, who not only played the lowest score but also won Men’s longest and closest.  But, as he picked up one low valued award product, more than 10 players had chance to have other award products. Thanks Mark.

Scramble winner was Ms. Sooha Park and Ms. Katie Lee team. As Sooha and Katie are mother and daughter, many families played as one team such as father and son team, wife and husband team, and friends team.

Playing rules were strict and no mulligan shot was allowed as KCCP Way is honesty and transparency.

This year marks the seventh year for our event, which has grown each year

and drew a lot of players and friends to the golf event. Many local companies sponsored the event. Joh Foundation was the title sponsor. Fox and Rothchild LLP, Duane Morris LLP, and Bank of Princeton were tournament sponsors.  Nongshim, New York Golf, Merrill Lynch, and Princeton Health were gift sponsors.  Thank you for your supports.

Many proved KCCP as truly grassroots-based community activity by inviting others and volunteering for the event. All raised fund will be used to make KCCP vision to help community with Korean heritage come true.

 

Meeting with New York consul general

On Friday  April 19th 2013,  4 KCCP members had a meeting with consul general, Amb, Se-joo Son and his staff to discuss about the grant of $200,000 from OKF.  Amb, Se-joo Son assured us that the money will not be sent back to Korean government because of delayed construction process.

KCCP received a $300,000 matching grant from the Joh Foundation 조 화운데이션 KCCP에 30만불 기부

On Friday, March 22nd, 2013 the Korean Community Center of Greater Princeton to help kick start the campaign toward building the community center on six acres of land in West Windsor, NJ. The goal of the matching gift is to encourage additional grass roots support and donations which is the main stay of how KCCP has been built over the past seven years. With combined funding from the Joh Foundation matching grant and other donors that will step up, a total of $600,000 will be donated to the capital campaign and to support events for KCCP. One of the goals of the Korean Community Center of Greater Princeton is to create a new building that will enhance the lives of the community in addition to promoting heritage and culture for the next generation. The new building will include rooms for class rooms, library, fitness center, kitchen, music, ballrooms and more.KCCP (the Korean Community Center of Greater Princeton)에 지금까지 많은 후원을 해왔던  조화운데이션(The Joh Foundation)이   3월22일 KCCP  회관 건립을 위한  200 만불 모금 캠페인에 30만불을 매칭그랜트 (matching grant) 로 새롭게 내놓아 모금 운동이 한층 활발하게전개될 것으로보입니다. 조화운데이션의 KCCP 에 대한 기부액은 이번에 기부하게 될 30만불을 포함하면 총 60만불에 이르게되며 특히 이번에기부하는 30만불은 인근주민들의 작지만 정성어린 기부 활동에 커다란 촉진제가 될 것으로 예상됩니다.  앞으로 지어지게 될 KCCP회관에는 강의실, 도서관, 회의실, 강당, 음악실 식당등이들어설 예정이며2세들을비롯한 한인  동포들에게우리 문화를 계승발전시키는 역할을감당하게된다.  특히 지난번 조 화운데이션에서 기부한 20만불은 부엌설비를 위한 기금이었습니다.”As we turned to the community for support of this long awaited project, The Joh Foundation was one of the first to step forward,” KCCP President, Young Lee, said. “Our hope is that the confidence the Joh Foundation is showing in our organization will inspire others to partner with us in helping the Korean Community Center of Greater Princeton not just exist, but thrive. We are truly overwhelmed with the generosity and commitment of the Joh foundation and so thankful for their belief in our dream.”KCCP 이영 회장은 이번 조화운데이션이 많은액수의기금을 쾌척함으로 인해 이지역에거주하는 많은한인들에게 한인공동체가 단순히 존재하는정도가 아니라 무한히 발전할 수있다는 자부심과 자신감을심어주었다고 말하고 어려운 여건 속에서도 우리의꿈을 실현하기 위해 우리한인 사회에대한 깊은사랑으로  또 다시 큰일을 단행해 준 조화운데이션에 깊은 감사를표했습니다.

For additional information on the Korean Community Center of Greater Princeton (KCCP), please visit www.kccprinceton.org or contact Young Lee, KCCP President, at 732-589-4568or Dr. Jung Hi Lee, KCCP Chairman, at 609-730-0218.

더자세한내용을원하시는분은 영리KCCP회장 (732-589-4568)혹은 이중희이사장 (609-730-0218)에게 연락바랍니다.