How are you? First of all, I am sorry that I haven’t been keeping up with the updates for Haven these days since I am still recovering from all these activities for the project. But, I did finally finish the report of the event! ^ ^
Ever since the news of Ah In coming to NYC for shooting his upcoming drama 패션왕 came out, many ideas had been floating around from giving Ah In presents to providing meals. After many discussions, the Haven’s Yoo Ah In New York Snack Project was born. And, me, being in NY, of course, became the person in charge of Haven’s Yoo Ah In New York Snack Project!
Before starting the report of the event, I just want to, again, show my appreciation to all of you, haveners, and especially Furbabenim, Evanim, Zessnim, Ashanim, and Tinynim! Without your love and support of Ah In, this project could not have worked!! Without your love and support of me, I would not be able to carry through it this whole time!! And a very big thank to our AncientKingdomnim! Without her help, none of this will work!!~*hug*~
At the end, we had 100+ people from many different countries who participated by donating their money, their time, and their talent. We received a total of $2,051.16. So, being the person in charge, I really feel obligated to be able to deliver all these love and support to Ah In from his international fans. At this point now, I feel relief that I can actually said “Mission Accomplished!!”
There were many changes that had to be made while planning due to many factors. Our first idea of the project was preparing meals for the whole crew. But, when checking that idea with the manager, he felt that would be too much trouble for us. So, the idea of providing snacks instead of meals came up. And, it seems doable. After a lot of researching, I had everything in place. However, after they arrived in NYC and a few days right before I was ready to deliver snacks, I was told that we got to change the plan due to the contract they have with the management company here. No outside food was allowed. Within a short time, a modified plan was in place. We decided that instead of providing snacks for the whole crew, we would only provide presents for Ah In and supervisors. And here is the final list that I ended up preparing for 2/18/2012:
- Ah In: A bottle of wine, two L’Occitane gift boxes with various stuffs that pamper him from head to toes, a big box of Godiva truffles, and a box of Godiva chocolate cover biscuits.
- Managernim: A L’Occitane gift box with various stuffs that pamper him almost from head to toes, a big box of Godiva truffles, and a bag of Godiva chocolate balls.
- 6 Supervisors: A L’Occitane hand and foot cream, and a median box of Godiva truffles
In addition to those goodies, we also prepared a poster for Ah In that listed all participants’ names and countries and a welcoming banner that we gave Managernim to keep. And the great designs of both poster and banner were made by Furbabenim with feedbacks from Evanim, Ashanim and Tinynim.
If you want to download the poster and print it out for souvenir, the file is here. It’s A2 size.
Here is the breakdown of all the costs:
Total Cost: $947.38
So, that leaves us $1,103.78. Originally, our plan is to use the rest of the fund to donate on behalf of Ah In. But, to better promote Ah In, we have been thinking about combining the fund that was left from the first time and donate more rice at the패션왕 press conference.
Now, let’s get to some details of what happened on 2/18/2012. Even before leaving, I was still not sure if I would be able to find them and deliver all those goods. With Tinynim taking a train in and loads of presents with me, I was getting really anxious. Luckily, I spotted shooting trucks. Just when we were ready to park the car, I saw our lovely Managernim sitting on a bench. That was when I knew I found them!
After meeting up with Tinynim, we went back to Managernim with all the presents. As we were waiting, I saw Shin Se Kyung waiting with her manager for her car to come. Later when we were explaining what we brought to Managernim, Tinynim and I saw Lee Je Hoon and Jwon Yu Ri passing by us. They both were very nice and friendly. Managernim expressed his thanks to us and haveners. But, since Ah In was busy shooting, Managernim apologized to us that Ah In could not come to greet us. Being an understanding fan, Tinynim and I only asked Managernim to see if we could get Ah In’s autographs without disturbing him too much. Thanks to Managernim’s help, although Tinynim and I did not get to meet Ah In to the end, both of us did get Ah In’s autographs finally. First one was mine and second one was Tinynim’s (note: Tinynim’s photo was originally posted at tinysunbl@wordpress). And, we both felt relief that we were able to deliver haveners’ love and support to Ah In. So, mission accompolished!!
Note: I managed to go back again the next day. Ah In was sleeping because he was too tired and still had scenes that he needed to film that night. So, he was catching a bit rest after dinner and before the night filming restarted again. The next day, it was a beautiful day. So, I decided to visit once more. And, I did see Ah In finally. Poor Ah In~ He looked so skinny and seemed to be really tired. Seeing him being so tired in addition to seeing him sleeping the day before, somehow, the excitement of finally saw him just not there anymore for me. Instead, I just feel compassion for him. He is really working very hard so he can present his work to all of us. I am sure once the drama is on air, we can all see his hard work then. And lastly, Ah In does look just like the photos you’ve all seen.