Hello, my name is Jay Kim and I am making this GoFundMe for my parents, Won and Kay Kim. They were the owners of Sports Dome that was looted and then burned down in the St. Paul, MN last week. They were just able to re-open their store on May 18th (due to covid-19), and then this happened after being open for a little over a week. My parents were devastated as they watched the CCTV feed from home of their store getting looted and went to sleep expecting to go to work the next day to clean up and pick up the pieces. Instead they woke up to seeing clips of their store burning on the news.
A little background on my parents -
My dad immigrated to the US in 1978. He joined the United States Army and was eventually stationed in South Korea where he met my mom. They got married on Valentine's Day in 1980. My dad was honorably discharged from the army in 1986 and after living in various cities, they eventually settled in Minnesota. They started Sports Dome in 1994 and have been open ever since in the Midway.
My parents have worked hard to build up their business, opening almost every day to provide for our family. It was heartbreaking to see their sadness and frustration as they watched what they built up over almost 30 years destroyed in one night. I know times are tough for everyone with everything that is going on but, I would be grateful if anyone could give whatever they could to help my parents rebuild. Thank you!!
I also want to give a huge shout out and thanks to the many people that we saw cleaning up the next morning when we went to out to inspect the damage. My parents didn't feel up to talking to anyone, but they were surprised that so many from the community would come out to show support & love for the Midway area. They wanted everyone to know they were very very thankful!!
- Britta Moen
- Lara Akal
- emma crutcher
Organizer and beneficiary