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KAARI Open House

2020.06.09 21:57

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Dear Korean Americans of Rhode Island,


The long-awaited grand opening of the Korean-American Association of RI (KAARI) Culture Center was held on Friday, Sep 29, 2017. The opening ceremony was well attended by KAARI members, community leaders, and many guests and neighbors.

 

The opening ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by special guests Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, US Congressman Jim Langevin, and Senator Jack Reed's Community Affairs Coordinator Eric Arcand. All wished for the prosperity and well-being of the KAARI Cultural Center and community. Consul General Songjun Ohm, from the Boston Korean Consulate, as well as Deputy Consul General Sunghwan Kwon, presented the gift of a wall clock in addition to their congratulations.

 

Several local dignitaries also traveled from afar to attend and celebrate the opening ceremony: Eunkyoung Cho, President of the Korean American Association of New Hampshire, Mija Yoon, President of the National Unification Advisory Council of Boston, and Kyunghae Lee, President of Korean American Citizens of League of New England,

 

KAARI representatives Bongsup Cho, Dongsoo Lee, William Park, Angela Sharkey, Heemong Kim, Dongsuk Ok, Wonjung Lee, and Ilsuk Ko were also present to help celebrate the long-awaited opening of the KAARI Center.

 

To everyone in the KAARI community, we have finally reached our goal of acquiring a Korean American Cultural Center that the founders of the KAARI started 37 years ago. Their care and love for the Association will now have a cultural center that shall be passed on to our future generations.

 

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to all the members who have been crucial in helping with the opening ceremony despite their busy schedules. The opening ceremony is the culmination of the fantastic efforts of many people working together as a team. We look forward to creating a lasting legacy with the Korean American Cultural Center of RI.

 

Special thanks to Dongsoo Lee, Chongmin Lee, William Park, Monica Lee, Sangwook Ji, Wonkyung Cho, Angela & Steve Sharkey, Jerry Brousseau, Mikyung Seo, Suzanne Sharkey, Sun King, Sukhoon Chung, Chisun Hong, Nansil Noh, Yoomin Chung, Junghee Oh, Daniel Mansard, Ivone Sical, Joe Martin, Bongsup & Meeyeun Cho


Thank you very much, Go KAARI !!


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Chapter 2 Commander Mel Hill

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US Congressman Jim Langevin

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Mayor Allan Fung, Consul General Sungjun Ohm,  KAARI President Bongsup Cho

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KAARI President Bongsup Cho


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Angela Sharkey

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Angela Sharkey singing National Anthem

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KAARI President Bongsup Cho


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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung 

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Community Affairs Coordinator Ms Erin Arcand for Senator Jack Reed

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Our neighbor David Salzillo

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Mayor Allan Fung, KAAR President Bongsup Cho, US Congressman Jim Langevin, Consul General of Boston Songjun Ohm

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Korean War Veteran Doug Gamage


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Suzanne Sharkey and Korean War Veteran Mel Hill, Joe Muenier

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Mayor Allan Fung, KAARI President Bongsup Cho, US Congressman Jim Langevin, Consul General of Boston Songjun Ohm

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Korean War Veteran Ed Ruzzano 

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Korean War Veteran Mel Hill

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