Jung In & Gary From LeeSsang, Rock MOI’M’s 2nd Annual Gala, `Showtime’

MOI’M, hosted the “MOI’M Gala 2014: Showtime” in New York City’s Gotham Hall last night, Sept. 20. The highlight of the event was the featured Korean artists, Jung In and Gary from Leessang, who brought a stampede of fans toward the stage.

“MOI’M Gala 2014: Showtime” was presented by KBS America and DirecTV who took the opportunity to announce that they will be partnering up to bring Korean content to a nationwide audience.

The keynote speaker was Kyung B. Yoon, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Korean American Community Foundation. After quieting the rowdy crowd with shared cultural anecdotes, the first Korean-American broadcast reporter in New York talked about her time on Channel-5 News and the importance of inclusion in the community.

“There was only room for one Asian-American reporter” when Yoon was a young and hungry journalist at WNYW Fox, she told the audience, and she was seen more as competition than peer.

Loria Song, who was 2013 Miss Korea Washington DC, and Larry Kim co-hosted the cocktail hour entertainment, which included the spoon-bending talents of mentalist Kirsch and the nationally ranked beatboxer Sung Lee.

The cocktail hour was accompanied by the smooth jazz sounds of New School’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program grads. Singer Hye Jeung Kang was joined by saxophonist Jinwoo Lee with Myung Won Kim on guitar, Hyung Jin Choi on piano, Joonsam Lee on bass, Joochan Im on drums.

The second annual gala from the Korean creative networking organization was a huge success and well it should have been. Esther Sin, MOI’M’s business operations manager told KpopStarz “We began preparing for this event starting from last October 2013, right after our first gala, ‘Red Carpet,’ in September.”

Though there was no “red carpet” ceremony, the guests arrived through Gotham Hall’s red carpeted main entrance and passed through the main ballroom’s awards style photo-zone on their way to the gala.

MOI’M is on its way to becoming the leading Korean Networking Organization in the U.S. and abroad. This year’s event was attended by a broad cross-section of professions.

“Our guests are working professionals that come from a wide range of industries, ranging from finance, medicine, entertainment, law, education, fine arts, fashion, and psychology, and more. We also have students from NY and Northeast schools, such as Columbia, NYU, SVA, Pratt, FIT, Baruch, and Yale (just to name a few),” said Sin.

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