HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. — Dong Joo Lee of Harrington Park had done the Las Vegas thing plenty of times.
So for his bachelor party, he decided to mix things up. He wanted to be different.
“People generally speaking like to do public service,” said Lee, who married his wife, Dyan Yu, last month. “I figured this would be a good way to give back.”
“My rationale was that if we were all going to be back in town, we can do something for our community.”
Lee — currently stationed in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps — rallied his troops back home to volunteer at the Korean Harvest (Chuseok) Festival in Leonia’s Overpeck Park.
The group of 15 spent Sept. 24 and 25 under the Holy Name Medical Center tent — a medical clinic assisting with free medical check-ups.
The highlight of the day for the groom was being able to provide assistance to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to these types of resources, alongside his closest friends.
He says it wouldn’t have been possible without the support from his wife, then-fiancee, Dyan Yu, his best friend, Jae Sohn, and the rest of his team.
“Everybody wants to do something like that and getting it kickstarted for everyone felt good,” Lee said. “I just want to give back.
“I’m all about it.”