Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Korean Women’s Association ‘gets Jesse’

The phrase “Get Jesse” takes on new meaning for Tacoma-based Korean Women’s Association (KWA). This local non-profit did, indeed get Jesse.

KING 5 Television Investigator Jesse Jones will be the keynote speaker for KWA’s 40th Anniversary Luncheon “Hand in Hand: A Voice for the Voiceless” on Oct. 10 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Jones, best known for the phrase “Get Jesse,” is a KWA ambassador because his mother receives home care services from KWA.

“We are honored and very grateful to have Jesse Jones serve as our keynote speaker,” said Peter Ansara, KWA’s executive director. “Jesse is a perfect fit for our theme, ‘Hand in Hand,’ meaning together we extend our hand to people in need, creating a greater reach and impact.”

At the luncheon, KWA will celebrate 40 years of social services to senior citizens, victims of domestic violence, and immigrants who speak little or no English. There will be cultural food and entertainment, guest speakers, client testimonies and networking opportunities with the nearly 700 attendees expected to attend.

In addition to Jesse Jones, many other local business representatives and community leaders will be in attendance to join KWA in celebration. Representatives of KWA are calling this event not just a fundraiser but a “friendraiser” with the aim of building partnerships. The purpose of the luncheon is to celebrate the achievements in the past 40 years, raise funds to expand the reach of KWA’s programs, and build partnerships looking forward to the years to come. KWA is one of the largest social service agencies in Washington. Visit


The Korean Women’s Association was founded in 1972 as a small social club with the singular goal of helping other Korean women. Language barriers and the inability to read or write English made daily tasks, like going to the grocery store or doctor’s office, frustrating and difficult for immigrants. So in attempts to help, KWA sold popular Korean foods such as kimchi and rice cakes to the Korean community to raise money for outreach. The organization has now grown into a large non-profit agency that employs over 1,000 employees whose purpose is to provide social and health services to the poor and most vulnerable. Since its beginning in 1972, KWA has helped over 4 million low-income people with social and health services. Today, it helps nearly 150,000 people every year.

“Who would have ever thought this Korean Women's Club would become this huge multicultural organization serving hundreds of thousands of people a year,” said Sulja Warnick, one of the founding board members.