In her Memory
Continuing her legacy of kindness & caring
Christina Sunga Ryook Foundation
The Christina Sunga Ryook Foundation (“CSRF”) was created in memory of Christina Sunga Ryook who passed away in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Rather than creating a private foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Ryook elected a donor advised fund at The Cleveland Foundation. As a donor advised fund, The Cleveland Foundation conducts all record keeping and accounting. The staff also assists with the reviewing and monitoring of grant proposals. All grants are requested and approved by Mr. and Mrs. Ryook.
As the Christina Sunga Ryook foundation grows, there are plans to fund programs for children and people with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Foundation donations can be sent to:Christina Sunga Ryook Foundation
c/o The Cleveland Foundation
Attn: Lavetta Jones
1422 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
The Cleveland Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation is a public charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking and providing leadership on key community issues. Established in 1914 as the nation’s first community foundation, today it is the second largest community foundation with $1.5 billion in assets.
Christina Sunga Ryook Memorial Scholarship
In her memory, the Christina Sunga Ryook Memorial Scholarship has been created. In order to apply for this scholarship, the students must be Westlake High School graduates who have been accepted and plan to attend the University of Michigan. The annual award amount and number of awards will be based upon the financial performance of the fund.
The first recipients of this scholarship are Kyle McMahon and Patrick Ouzts. On June 3, 2004, each individual received a scholarship amount of $4,000 based upon their academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership, and personality.
University of Michigan Korean Cultural Arts Festival
During her years at the University of Michigan, Christina was actively involved with the Korean Students Association. Her senior year she was the coordinator of the annual Korean Cultural Arts Festival, which is a cultural event for adopted Korean children that has interactive cultural activities and demonstrations.
To support this event, a donation was made to the University of Michigan Korean Students Association in the amount of $1,000 in the spring of 2004. The funds were used to purchase T-shirts for all participating children and volunteers.