ABOUT THE GALA
Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen
Lauren Miller Rogen
Co-Founder, Hilarity for Charity
Lauren Miller Rogen is a screenwriter, director, producer and philanthropist who was profoundly affected by Alzheimer’s when her mother was diagnosed at 55 years old. Lauren co-founded HFC, harnessing humor and hope to activate a new generation of advocates. Since then, HFC has raised more than 20 million dollars and awarded over 405,000 hours of in-home family care. Lauren is on the board of California’s Institute of Regenerative Medicine and sits on the California Alzheimer’s Task Force. Her artistic accomplishments include starring in, co-writing and producing the film For A Good Time Call and directing the Alzheimer’s-themed dramedy Like Father, starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.
Co-Founder, Hilarity for Charity
Seth Rogen is an Emmy Award®-nominated actor, writer, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Alongside longtime collaborators Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, Rogen has produced a number of films and television shows through their production company, Point Grey Pictures, including This Is the End, Neighbors, the Academy Award-nominated The Disaster Artist, Amazon’s The Boys, AMC’s Preacher, Hulu’s Future Man, and Showtime’s Black Monday.
Rogen most recently produced and starred alongside Lily James and Sebastian Stan in the Hulu series Pam & Tommy, which was developed by Point Grey Pictures. As a result of his performance in the series, Rogen was nominated for a 2022 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.” Rogen also recently starred in Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographic film The Fabelmans. Co-written and directed by Steven Spielberg, Rogen plays the “favorite uncle of young Spielberg,” alongside Michelle Williams and Paul Dano. Point Grey is also in production of season 4 of the critically acclaimed Amazon show, The Boys, as well as pre-production on an untitled spinoff series of the Emmy-nominated superhero drama.
Recently, Rogen became a New York Times best-selling author for his first book, Yearbook, a collection of comical and relatable short stories about his life published by Penguin Random House. Rogen and Goldberg also launched Houseplant, a Canada-based cannabis company. In 2012, Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, founded Hilarity For Charity, a national nonprofit organization providing care for families coping with Alzheimer’s.
Voices of Hope Children’s Choir
Founded in 2015, Voices of Hope is a non-profit program made up of talented children, ages 5-18, of all backgrounds and levels of experience. In an effort to make music available to all children despite social or economic barriers, this program is entirely tuition free. Singing inspirational music, the goal of the choir is to uplift the spirits of all who listen, to share a message of hope and peace and to learn positive self esteem and teamwork along the way. We hope to change the world one song at a time.
Armonia Music Group (AMG)
Tenor Eugene Choi commenced his career as a computer engineer following the completion of his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer engineering programs at UC Irvine and USC, respectively. Over a span of fifteen years, he contributed his expertise to various high-tech companies, accumulating a wealth of experience. Upon completing his Executive MBA program at UC Irvine, Eugene embarked on a transformative journey by joining United Exchange Corporation, where he currently serves as the company’s CEO. Outside of his professional role, Eugene actively participates as a board member in prominent organizations, including the UCI Foundation, the Barclay Theater, and the Council of Korean Americans. These involvements underscore his dedication to education, the arts, and fostering cultural connections. Eugene’s deep-rooted passion for music led him to establish Armonia Music Group, a testament to his commitment to spreading messages of love, hope, and faith within local communities.
Tenor Sung Bong Kim earned his Bachelor of Music at Seoul National University, his Graduate Certificate and Master of Music in Vocal Arts at USC Thornton School of Music where he was featured as “Don Ottavio” in Don Giovanni at USC Thornton Opera, and his Master of Church Music at Hope International University. He currently sings in the Los Angeles Opera as a chorister and has appeared in various musical events with choral societies and orchestras as a featured guest singer and a soloist. He also serves as the current conductor of the choir at Orange Canaan Presbyterian Church.
Tenor Kyu Young Lee earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Arts from Seoul National University, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California, a Professional Studies Certificate, from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He received several notable scholarships, including the Music Merit Scholarship for Excellent Academic Record. He also performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Chautauqua Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Martina Arroyo Production, and Calliope’s Artist.
Baritone Hong Suk Chae is a baritone who received a full scholarship and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocals from Claremont Graduate University. He also earned his Master of Music in Voice from UCLA and Bachelor of Arts in Voice from the University of Oregon. He also received a Performance Diploma from Indiana University, an IDA from Music Academy in Rome, Italy, and a B. A from Busan National University. He was a finalist in the Lois Alba Vocal Competition in 2008 and the Belle Voce Competition in 2006.
Pianist So-Mang Jeagal received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with highest honors from Seoul National University, and he finished his Artist Diploma at the USC Thornton School of Music. He has won numerous renowned international competitions including the Grand Prize at the Korea Music Foundation Competition, the Washington International Competition for Piano, and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.
Music Director Young Jin Choi has been a successful composer and record producer for two decades. With an M.F.A. in Sound Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and additional experience in scoring for film and television gained at UCLA, he has worked with a variety of major artists from his base in Los Angeles. He has worked as an orchestra arranger for Brian McKnight and Boyz II Men, as a music composer for The Grammys, Show box (Korea), KBS (Korea), and SBS (Korea), and also won Best CCM Producer at the 2015 Indie Music Channel Awards.
The Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Boulevard,
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Saturday, December 9, 2023
6:00 PM | Reception, Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 PM | Dinner and Program
HONORARY GALA COMMITTEE
Virginia Naeve, Committee Chair
Caring Companions At Home
OC Growth Advisors
Hoag at Home