Kim Family Holds Benefit Auction On eBay

    January 5, 2007
    WebProNews Staff

The family of James Kim, the CNet editor who passed away in November in an effort to save his stranded family, has set up an online auction to raise money for the James Kim Memorial Fund, established to support his bereft family.

The Kim Family Benefit Art + Craft Auction is online at eBay and will end on Sunday, January 7th. Items range from decorative pillows to wall quilts to stoneware bottles. All proceeds raised by the online auction will go to The James Kim Memorial Fund.

The family writes:

The purpose of the fund is to support the Kim family. We have had several requests specifically for donations to a college fund for the girls. . .

We received requests for some who wished to send items to the girls or the family. The girls have received several toys and stuffed animals, we request that if you wish to donate toys that you donate them in honor of the girls to a local shelter or organization like Toys for Tots, as we have received more than the girls need.

Also listed on the site are those who’ve made donations to the fund, including numerous law enforcement organizations, the American Red Cross, and CNET Networks.

James Kim died of hypothermia in the frigid, snow-covered wilderness of the southern Oregon mountains. During the Thanksgiving holiday, Kim and family were stranded on an impassable road for days. Kim was found days after he had gone in search of help.

Clarification, Correction, and Update

A friend of the family writes:

The auction was not set up by the Kim Family, but rather by an artist who has worked with Kati Kim in the past, Lisa Congdon, and her family.

Also, the article mentions a list of donors to the fund, including the red cross. That list, from the website, is a list of people that the family wished to thanks for their support during the search, not a list of financial donors.

Id hate for the public to be under the impression that the family had organized a benefit for themselves.


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