The Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) is honoring actor, comedian, producer and physician, Ken Jeong (who stars in the ABC sitcom, Dr. Ken), at its annual Gala on Wednesday, November 11th at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue (at 53rd St.) in New York.
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations is the Keynote Speaker for the Gala. JuJu Chang, Co-Anchor, ABC News’ Nightline and Michael Kim, Host/Anchor of 120 Sports are the emcees for the evening’s festivities.
Ken Jeong, one of the most notable Korean Americans on TV and film, is also a passionate health advocate who publicly speaks about his family’s journey as his wife battled breast cancer.
KACF’s interview with Ken Jeong.
KACF: What excites you about being the Honoree of the KACF Annual Gala?
Jeong: I’m incredibly honored to be a part of KACF’s Gala this year and to support an amazing organization that’s making a difference in the lives of so many individuals and families. It’s exciting to see how Korean Americans in New York are using their philanthropy to help lift up not just their own community but all New Yorkers. I’m really looking forward to celebrating with everyone on November 11th!
KACF: You were actually a medical doctor before you switched to acting. Now you’re playing a doctor on your own ABC comedy show, Dr. Ken. Does this feel like you’ve come full circle?
Jeong: It’s an amazing opportunity to star in Dr. Ken and my entire cast and I are working really hard to make it a success. My first big break was playing the doctor in the movie Knocked Up that delivered Katherine Heigl’s baby. But before that, I was really happy practicing medicine. Internal medicine was my specialty but I always had a passion for stand-up comedy and performing. It was good side gig to blow off steam. Instead of playing golf like other doctors, I did comedy.
KACF: You are famous for your acting and comedic talents but you’ve also been an outspoken health advocate.
Jeong: My wife was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer several years ago. I’m so happy to say that today she is cancer free. As a medical doctor and as a husband of a former cancer patient, I understand the need to advocate for screenings and the support that families need to battle health adversities together. One of the things that impressed me about KACF is that the foundation is promoting health equities in Asian American communities.
It’s an amazing opportunity to star in Dr. Ken and my entire cast and I are working really hard to make it a success. My first big break was playing the doctor in the movie Knocked Up that delivered Katherine Heigl’s baby. But before that, I was really happy practicing medicine. Internal medicine was my specialty but I always had a passion for stand-up comedy and performing. It was good side gig to blow off steam. Instead of playing golf like other doctors, I did comedy.
The Gala celebrates the work of KACF’s grantee partners and the individuals and organizations that bolster KACF’s critical work in the community. Since our inception in 2002, KACF has awarded more than $4.7 million to non-profit organizations on the frontlines of helping the most vulnerable Korean Americans in the greater New York area.
6:30 PM Cocktails
7:30 PM Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Silent and Live Auction
Black Tie Optional
The Korean American Community Foundation transforms and empowers communities through philanthropy, volunteerism and inter-community bridge building. KACF pursues these goals through grantmaking that promotes self-sufficiency for the underserved and under-resourced, through raising awareness of needs and issues, and by fostering a culture of giving.
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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