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Family and Friends Honor Charles C. Khym, Esq. in a Dedication Ceremony at Queens Botanical Garden


Darcy Hector – Queens Botanical Garden

Flushing, NY – March 4, 2013— On Saturday, March 2, family and friends of the late Charles C. Khym, Esq. gathered to honor his memory and to dedicate a tree and bench in his name at Queens Botanical Garden.  Mr. Khym passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on March 1st of last year.  The dedication honored his life and legacy one year and a day after his death.  The Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) adoption was a gift from Queens Botanical Garden.  The bench was donated by the Law Offices of Charles C. Khym.  It bears the inscription, “In Honor of Charles C. Khym, Esq. - With Love from Hyejung, Emily & Evan.”    

At the dedication, the Reverend Marc Choi, lead pastor of the IN2 Church in Manhattan, offered words of comfort to bereaved family and friends and reflected upon the arch of Mr. Khym’s life.  Family members and friends spoke of Mr. Khym’s deep devotion to his family, his notable contributions as a community leader, and his many achievements in his chosen profession of law.  New York City Comptroller John C. Liu, a long-time personal friend of Mr. Khym’s, remarked about the leadership role he had played in the Asian American community dating back to their college years together.  Following the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Pin Oak and bench, attendees were invited to the Garden’s auditorium where they shared a light luncheon.   

Many people commented on the appropriateness of the memorial tree and bench at Queens Botanical Garden.  Mr. Khym had a special place in his heart for QBG.  He saw the Garden as “a beacon of culture and enlightenment for the Borough of Queens.”  He was especially proud of its location in his beloved Flushing.  Mr. Khym was a charter member of the Korean American Friends of Queens Botanical Garden, a group of Korean American community leaders who support the Garden.  The group was founded in 2002 by Dr. Joon J. Bang who brought together 12 charter members, each of whom donated $500 to adopt QBG’s Circle Garden.  The Friends have continued to support the Circle Garden over the years, and have been active in facilitating the involvement of the Korean Community with QBG.  Mr. Khym particularly enjoyed Cosmos Night, the group’s fundraising dinner, because it was his opportunity to give back to Queens Botanical Garden.  The first Cosmos Night took place on September 12, 2002.
Charles C. Khym was a pillar of the Korean American Community.  In addition to his work with the Korean American Friends of Queens Botanical Garden, he served as the President and as a Trustee on the boards of numerous community service organizations.  These include the Korean American Friends of Thirteen, LaGuardia Community College, Milal Mission, Korean American Association of Greater New York, Korean American Lawyers Association of New York, YWCA, and the Korean American Youth Foundation.  He was also a member of Community Board 7.

In his professional life, Mr. Khym was a highly regarded attorney heading up the Law Offices of Charles C. Khym in Flushing and in Englewood, New Jersey, specializing in Personal Injury litigation. Through his law office, Mr. Khym has donated over $1,000,000 to a range of community organizations, churches and charitable foundations.  To this day, the firm of Charles C. Khym continues to support worthy community organizations in his name.

Charles Khym is survived by his wife, Hyejung, and their twins, daughter Emily and son Evan.         

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