December 2023 Newsletter


Happy December, everyone!

As we begin the holiday season, I would like to start by wishing you and your families a blessed holiday season filled with joy, good health and gratitude. 

AWC is busy gearing up for our annual gala. The New Year’s Gala, a black tie event for charity, will be held at 6:30 p.m. January 13, 2024, at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. Purchase early bird tickets by December 4. You can read more about the gala on our website and purchase tickets through the Google Form.

The evening will feature lots of raffle prizes as well as live and silent auction items. Join us for a chance to win, among other items:

  • Two rounds of golf for four people at Nine Bridges in Jeju
  • A one-night stay for two people on Nami Island, breakfast included 
  • A stay at Grand Hyatt for two people, breakfast included 
  • Artwork from Gallery 526

Proceeds from the evening will support four local charities. These organizations serve different parts of the community in our host home:

(Are you interested in becoming a New Year’s Gala sponsor? Send an email to

Look out for more fun winter activities (listed below). I hope to welcome all of you at the gala, which offers a chance to build connections, spread compassion and serve our community together. I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful place we call home, and I look forward to continuing to build and strengthen our community together. 

Happy Holidays, dear friends!

Betty Chung

AWC Korea President

photo of Betty Chung, AWC Korea President


AWC New Year's Gala

a black tie event for charity

Saturday, January 13, 2024

6:30 p.m. 

Grand Hyatt Seoul

322 Sowol-ro, Hannam-dong

We’ve already sold more than 100 tickets to our upcoming gala! Join us at this annual event to toast the new year, celebrate with friends new and old and support four fantastic charities. 

Early bird tickets are available now through Dec. 4See more details at


See full details and RSVP for each event in our members-only Facebook group.

6th | White Elephant Party at Brera — 11 a.m.

9th | Happy Hour at Bistro Mexi — 6:30 p.m.

12th | Book Club: Whale by Cheon Myeong-Kwan — 11:30 a.m.

13th | Cookie & Book Swap — 11 a.m.

14th | Food Around the World: Japan — 10 a.m.

RSVP for Events

Support for Beautiful Companion 

In November, AWC helped to support the Beautiful Companion Volunteer Society’s efforts to deliver kimchi to 120 underprivileged households.

Volunteers founded Beautiful Companion in 2015 to give back to the Yangpyeong-gun community. Among other efforts, members gather regularly in Chairwoman Bae Yoon-jin’s yard to prepare hearty lunch boxes for the disabled. Those meals are delivered to 20 families in the district.

Last month, the group made and delivered kimchi to homes via centers for disabled persons. AWC donated ₩1.2 million to Beautiful Companion this year, using proceeds from the AWC Bazaar in August.

Thank you to all of our members for your continued support, which make AWC's charitable efforts possible. We are truly grateful!

November Recaps

What a fun month! See more photos and recaps on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Partnerships and Sponsorships

Your AWC membership includes discounts to these local restaurants, shops and services.

Pro-tip: Keep a photo of your membership card on your phone, so it’s always handy.




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