THE STEVE S. KANG YOUNG ARTISTS AND
SCHOLARS FUND (THE FUND)
16 Forest Gate Circle , Oak Brook , Illinois 60523
Tel : 630-572-9202, Fax : 630-572-9765
Opening Remarks for An Evening with Friends
Time passes on in its linear fashion. It is inherent in
nature. And as it has done so, it brings us to mid-summer 2006 and our 8th Annual “Evening with Friends.”
Good evening and welcome, dear friends. This evening we
gather in honor of The Steve S. Kang Young Artists and Scholars Fund, known as
“The Fund”. The Fund was founded eight
years ago to honor the memory of Steve Kang. Our vision is to build the Fund
for talented young people in need of financial assistance, so that they may
pursue their passions in the arts and sciences.
Starting with the initial seed money of $11,000 eight years
ago, the Fund has grown to $ 200,000 in year 2006. Your generous
support and enthusiastic participation has enabled us to grant $30,000 in scholarships
for each of the past 5 years. This is a significant growth from $11,000 for the
The Fund and its purpose continue to become more widely
acknowledged through time. We receive an increasing number of applications every
year from young individuals who seek to learn and fulfill their academic
potential. Since its beginning, the Fund has had opportunity to help these
students fulfill their individual dreams with your assistance. We all will ultimately benefit from their
efforts and ours as we experience the arts and progress in our society.
The Fund has received generous support from many
benefactors, and it has achieved a great sense of pride. A deep, individual tragedy has inspired a meaningful,
lasting memorial. It has become a proud public entity that has contributed
towards the future by encouraging and developing young talent in our community.
This achievement has also demonstrated a deeper commitment with the recent
establishment of our Advisory Board. Some of you may consider contributing to
the Fund by serving with others on our Board.
There is a Chinese proverb “If your vision is for a
year, plant wheat. If your vision is for a decade, plant
trees. If your vision is for a lifetime, plant
people.” We are here, this beautiful evening, to
celebrate the everlasting spirit of a young artist, Steve S. Kang, and embrace
our vision of The Fund for talented young people to pursue their passion in the
arts and sciences.
Please enjoy this evening as a moment of joy, hope, love, and
a commitment in unity. It is but a small gesture of appreciation for your many ongoing
contributions. The Fund respects your generosity, your support, and your
presence here this evening.
A warm “Thank You” to each one of you on the Fund’s behalf.
From our Hearts to Yours,
Isaac Suh, on behalf of the Steve S. Kang Young Artists and
Click here to view the complete 2006 program book (PDF file)