Hyun-Jin Ryu to Raise Funds for SKorean Ferry Victims At Dodger Event Sunday

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has pledged a $100,000 donation through his HJ 99 foundation to help those affected by the ferry tragedy in his native South Korea, and will also be making a special appearance tomorrow to raise additional funds for those affected.

From 11:45 to 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, at the Viva Los Dodgers event, Ryu will be signing autographs for fans and accepting monetary donations to benefit survivors and families of those who lost their lives in the April 16 Sewol ferry sinking in South Korea. Ryu’s autograph signing will take place in Lot 6 at Dodger Stadium, at the team’s autograph tent located to the right of the stage.


On Thursday, when Ryu pitched a winning game against the San Francisco Giants, he admitted he played with his countrymen and women back home in mind, as search efforts were still underway for those missing. As of today, the confirmed death toll is at 49, with more than 250 people—mostly high school students—still missing and feared dead. ”I thought if I could pitch well and win today, I might give them a little brighter side to think about,” Ryu said on Thursday. “So that’s why I went out there and tried to do the best I could.”

Viva Los Dodgers is a pre-game festival held at every Sunday home game for the Dodgers and is free with a ticket to the day’s game. The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. For more information, visit www.dodgers.com/vivawww.losdodgers.com/viva, or call 1-866-DODGERS.