Resolution J898-2013

Congratulating the Korean American Family Service Center upon the occasion of celebrating its 24th Annual Benefit Gala on May 3, 2013

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  • Mar 19, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 19, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 15, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating the Korean American Family Service
Center  upon the occasion of celebrating its 24th Annual Benefit Gala on
May 3, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals that are devoted to the welfare of  the  community
and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  congratu-
late  the  Korean  American  Family  Service Center upon the occasion of
celebrating its 24th Annual Benefit Gala; this auspicious occasion  will
be  held  on  Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York,
New York; and
  WHEREAS, Inspired by Dr. Tai Young  Lee  who  founded  the  Legal  Aid
Center  for  Women  in  Korea,  and founded in 1989, The Korean American
Family Service Center (KAFSC) is a leading, nonprofit organization  that
supports  and empowers adults, youth and children to lead safe and heal-
thy lives based on dignity, compassion and mutual respect; and
  WHEREAS, KAFSC is committed to preventing and ending domestic violence
and relationship abuse, and creating a violence-free society; its  coun-
seling,  education and advocacy programs for individuals and families in
the New York Tri-State area are provided in a  culturally  and  linguis-
tically appropriate setting; and
  WHEREAS, Since inception, KAFSC has worked tirelessly to promote heal-
thy  and respectful relationships within families and among peers of all
ages; its programs include a 24-hour hotline  and  crisis  intervention,
counseling and support services for domestic violence; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  KAFSC provides advocacy and education through
community-wide workshops and public campaigns; its Hodori  After  School
Program  for children and YCPT, a youth leadership program, are in ever-
increasing demand; all these services are provided by bilingual  profes-
sionals, and without charge; and
  WHEREAS, On Friday, May 3, 2013, KAFSC will host its 24th Annual Bene-
fit Gala; its theme will be "Raising Hope and Transforming Lives"; and
  WHEREAS, The distinguished recipients of honor at the 2013 KAFSC Annu-
al  Benefit  Gala include: two Vision in Action awardees and a corporate
honoree; and
  WHEREAS, The two KAFSC Vision in Action  Awardees  are:  Queens  Legal
Services and SooKyung Nam Vitale, and attorney Pamela Chen; and
  WHEREAS,  Queens  Legal  Services  provides  incredible legal work for
those in need and, as an attorney for QLS, SooKyung has  dedicated  many
years  of  service  to promote the well-being and healthy functioning of
women, children, and families; attorney Pamela Chen is an individual who
has a long and distinguished career as a public servant,  with  much  of
her work focusing on civil rights; and
  WHEREAS,  KAFSC's 2013 corporate honoree is BBCN Bank, an organization
that is the definition of corporate social responsibility, and  consist-
ently works to better our communities; and
  WHEREAS,  This  auspicious  occasion  presents an opportunity for this
Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute  to  the  Korean  American
Family Service Center and its 2013 Annual Benefit Gala honorees; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organiza-
tions and individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought
to our attention, they should be recognized and  applauded  by  all  the
citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate the Korean American Family Service Center upon the occasion
of celebrating its 24th Annual Benefit Gala; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  the  Korean  American  Family Service Center, and to Queens
Legal Services, SooKyung Nam Vitale, Pamela Chen and BBCN Bank.

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