Apex for Youth

30th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating three decades of unlocking a world of possibilities for our youth.

Thank you to all who celebrated our
30th Anniversary Gala with us on May 4, 2022.

On May 4, 2022, Apex for Youth celebrated our 30th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani South Street with our most dedicated supporters and friends, raising a total of $2.6 million to empower underserved Asian American and immigrant youth in New York City and beyond. The first-ever Apex Next Gen Award was given to two-time Olympic gold medalist Eileen Gu, celebrating a young Asian American leader paving the way for generations to follow. The evening also featured our youth, including student speaker Miki Lin who dazzled on stage as she shared her experience of growing with Apex.

Thank you to all who support us, and here’s to the next 30 years! 


WATCH the full gala program here.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

6:30 PM EST

Cipriani South Street

10 South Street, New York

Eileen Gu

Next Gen Award Recipient

After taking home two gold medals and one silver medal from the 2022 Winter Olympics, freeskier Eileen Gu became the only action sports athlete to win three medals at the same Olympic games, and was also the youngest freeski Olympic Gold medalist in history. The teenager’s achievements on snow also include a slew of other record-breaking performances, including being the first snowsport athlete to win three medals at the 2021 X Games and FIS World Championships (2 golds and a bronze at each). Eileen was also the first female freeskier to land a double cork 1440 and unnatural double cork 1620 in competition.

Eileen uses her voice to help foster cultural understanding and friendship through sport. As an ambassador for freeskiing in the US, China, and worldwide, she hopes to inspire young people, especially girls, to build confidence, break their own boundaries, and lead happier, healthier lives through sport. She has been recognized for her efforts with the Vogue Avrora Award for female empowerment, and the SuperELLE Most Influential Athlete in China Award. As a cross-cultural bridge between the US and China, Eileen has been invited as a keynote speaker at the ESPNw Women in Sport Summit, the C100 Summit for Sports and Entertainment, and as the only youth ambassador for the G20 Young Entrepeneur’s Summit in China.

Eileen is also an accomplished student and fashion model. She has shot covers for Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and L’Officiel, among many others. She sat front-row at Fashion Week with Louis Vuitton, and is set to walk her debut runway soon, all before attending college this fall.

Sheng Wang


Sheng Wang is a comedian, actor and writer originally from Houston, TX. Most recently, he has been touring with Ali Wong and was a featured stand-up on HBO’s “2 Dope Queens” special. Sheng also wrote for the ABC show “Fresh Off the Boat.” He resides in Los Angeles and in his time off he enjoys visiting botanical gardens and discovering new ways to snack.

Mona Matsuoka


Mona Matsuoka’s appeal stretches from the neon lit back streets of Harajuku to the dive bars of Bushwick. Her modeling career is equally as varied, having graced the pages of POP, Vogue Japan and Dazed. Mona debuted by walking for the likes of Chanel, Miu Miu and Dior and appeared in campaigns for Kenzo, Diesel, Gabe, Swarovski, Nike, Adidas by Stella McCartney and a contract with beauty giant; Shiseido. She has recently embarked on a DJ-ing career having already mixed some House tunes at parties for Dior, Bulgari and Montblanc.

Gala Co-Chairs

Eric T. Lee

Portfolio Manager,

Soros Fund Management

Kathy Wong

Executive Director, Digital Product

and Customer Experience,

JPMorgan Chase

Wen Zhou

Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder,

3.1 Phillip Lim

Gala Committee

Preeti Sriratana

Partner and Managing Director,


Christopher Chao

Senior Vice President,

New York City REIT

Jeff Chen


Enhanced Healthcare Partners

Blaise Chow


Ropers Majeski

David Jar

Managing Director,

Blue Owl Capital

Jay Kim

Managing Director, Global Head of Fixed Income Credit,

Credit Suisse

Melody Lee

Vice President, Brand Marketing,

Herman Miller

Gilbert Liu


Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Patrick Lo


Waterfall Asset Management, LLC

Sonia Low

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary,

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Betty Wong

Executive Editor and Director, Book Group,

Andrews McMeel Universal

Karen Wong

Cofounder and Chief Creative Officer,


Patrick Yee

Chief Marketing Officer,

Callisto Media

Apex for Youth thanks our sponsors!


Karen & Robert Lee

James Chang


Thomas S. Chin

Eric T. Lee & Cindy Chua

Joe & Lily Wong

Jeff & Carol Chen & Friends

Nayun Shin & Simon Kim of COTE

Ha Jin Lee & Michael Chung

The Kevin D. Eng and Un Hae Song Foundation


Taylor Yi

Aya Kanai

Minya Oh & Julia Chiang

Peter & Shirley Ma

Yukari & Greg Pass

Yifan Yang & Thomas Wang

Dalio Philanthropies

The Sriratana Family

Patrick Lo & Natasha Wattel

Gil & Ling Liu

Chris Chao & Friends

Diana Hung-Jar & David Jar

Jay and Sonja Kim Family Foundation

Kathy & Ricky Wong

Melody & Saul Lee


Liu Kuo-Chun Educational Foundation

Kirstie & Justin Walsh

Aimee Chang

Toni Wang


The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation

Nouveau Elevator Industries

Melissa and Alec Gunn

Betty Wong


Elizabeth & Danny Song

Tzo Ai Ang & Ken Lee

Drs. Karen & Edwin Su

Eneuri & Joana Acosta

Roy Kim & Clayton Crawley

Harold Koda & Alan Kornberg

Russel & Charissa Huang

Bernice Kwok-Gabel

Esther Lee & Cary Paik

Edith Yang & Kay Ch'ien at

Apple Liu

Additional Supporters

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Avison Young – Todd Korren