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Heather Won Choi

2017 Ellis Island recipient Heather Won Choi takes a great lead on sharing in her everyday life. 


With her belief on sharing is starting from even the smallest action, she supports various nonprofit organization ranging from art, religion, community, etc.


Recently, Heather established 'Show Me Your Heart', a non-profit organization which aims to expand various educational programs through the collaboration of other nonprofit organizations and professionals in that area.

Hackensack University Medical Center 

Board of Trustees


Newark School of the Arts

Board of Directors


SMYH Foundation



Heather Won Choi (Hae Kyung Won Choi)

Born, June 7, 1964, Seoul, South Korea.

1981 Foreign Student Program, Violin Performance, Tanglewood, Massachusetts.

1983 Graduated from the Seoul Music Performance and Art School.
1983 Started Violin Performance at the Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
1984 Foreign Language Education, Columbia University, New York, New York.

1985 Violin Performance, Julliard School, New York, New York.
1990 Graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor of Arts.

Work/Community Service Experience:
1990 Instructor, Violin Education Moderato Music Academy, Fort Lee, New Jersey. 1994 Volunteer Instructor, Violin Education AWCA, Fort Lee, New Jersey.
1996 Board of Directors, AWCA, Fort Lee, New Jersey.
2008 Principal, Angel School, Teaneck, New Jersey.
2009 Board of Directors, The AHL Foundation, New York, New York.
2009 Chair, Angel School Benefit Concert, Carnegie Hall, New York, New York.
2010 President, Board of Directors, AWCA, Teaneck, New Jersey.
2012 Foundation Board of Trustees, The Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J.
2012 Chair Benefit for Breast Cancer Research, Morristown County Chapter, Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey.
2013 Board of Directors, Newark School of The Arts, Newark, New Jersey.
2014 Gala Chair, Newark School of The Arts, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, N.J. 

2015 Gala Chair, Newark School of The Arts, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, N.J. 

2015 Co-Chair, Annual Benefit Luncheon, Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey.
2015 Chair, Luncheon for “Women’s Health In Recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, Saddle River, New Jersey.
2015 Co-Host, An Afternoon of Art and Conversation “Royal and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs”, Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey.
2015 Co-Host, Luncheon for Joseph Sanzari’s Children’s Hospital, Hackensack Medical Center, Sponsored by The Whole Woman.

2017 Host, World Choral Concert, Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

2017 Host, honored at Carnegie Hall for $3 Million Donation to the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, Carnegie Hall, New York, 

2018 Host, Hope Concert for Milal Foundation, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, New York, NY. 

2018 Gala Chair, Hackensack Meridian Medical School Opening Ceremony for Korean Community at Seton Hall University, Nutley, NJ


Awards and Honors:
2012 Vision in Action Award, Circle of Friends The Korean American Family Service Center, New York, New York.

2013 Outstanding Community Service Honoree, The Hackensack University Medical Center,Edgewood Country Club, Rivervale, New Jersey. Honored with Phil Simms, Former Quarterback, The New York Giants.
2014 Outstanding Community Service Award, The Korean American Senior Citizen Association, Palisades Park, New Jersey.
2015 Volunteer of the Year, Newark School of The Arts, Newark, New Jersey.
2016 Service Award, 2016 Annual Gala, Newark School of the Arts, Newark, New Jersey. 2017 Medalist, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, NECO, New York, New York.

Press Releases and Publications:

2009 “Connected to the Community” New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

2011 “Blind Korean Singer trains at Newark School of the Arts with the help of Franklin Lakes Woman” July, 2011 The Star Ledger.

2013 Eugene’s Unsuspecting Journey, Private publication, Bestboy Publishing. 2014 “The HUMC unveils a donation of art meant to inspire” My Bergen.com.

2014 “The HUMC unveils a donation of art meant to inspire” Hackensack UMC.org.

Resides in Franklin Lakes, N.J. Married to Dr. Mingi Choi, M.D..