Hwarang's Vision Concert for Cataract Surgeries
Hwarang Youth Foundation (Founder Howard Park) has held a Vision Concert on the 22nd to fundraise for medical mission trips to South America. The concert took place at Los Angeles Berendo Street Baptist Church (Head Pastor Sung Keun Park), 5 PM.
Hwarang Youth Foundation (President Sarah Park and Student Leader Julian Kim) hosted its 9th Annual Vision Concert, inviting over 18 different chapters of Hwarang and guests to showcase their talents. The concert has raised a total of 32,000 dollars.
MCs Julian Kim and Kayla Kwak introduced many talented performers including, Hwarang traditional Korean drum team "Sound of Hwarang," who had a joint performance with an AI Robotics drum team, Healers Chapter (quintet), Nicole Lee (solo performance), Allison Moon (solo violin), Be ONE (jazz dance), PENIKE (hiphop musician group), Isaac Sung (solo clarinet), Rebound (dance team), and Temecula Chapter (ensemble). There were videos and slideshows in between performances showcasing the works of the organization.
President Sarah Park has mentioned in her opening statement, "Over the last several years, we have raised money to provide cataract surgeries for over 300 patients, built houses, donated desks and books, and taught students who were at a disadvantage. Our small efforts have slowly made a difference in people we do not physically see, but know living under the same sky. I am thrilled that we are working together to find good meaning in our works. I thank all the students and staff who have worked so hard to donate and make this concert happen."
The Northern California Silicon Valley District, comprised of four chapters, will hold their own Vision Concert next month. They plan to donate their raised funds to this thoughtful mission.
The fundraised money will be used this coming June to send medical mission trips providing cataract surgeries in South America. In addition, student volunteers will be taking coding supplies to teach underprivileged students.