December 14, 2003
CHRISTMAS SOIREE BENEFITS ARMENIA FUND USA'S PROJECT FOR
NEW CANAAN, CT. In a long-standing tradition of generosity and
good will, Linda and Rene Chirinian hosted a successful fundraiser
for Armenia Fund USA’s Ororotz-Cradle
Project in their New Canaan home. A group of close to 100
people enjoyed a festive party while supporting a constituency
that is fundamental to Armenia’s future, namely, its children.
The Ororotz-Cradle Project provides pre-natal education and "survival
kits" filled with clothes, baby care essentials, and medicines
and vaccines to Armenia’s neediest newborns. The project is special
to Linda, the newest board member of Armenia Fund USA and author
of the Middle Eastern cookbook, Secrets of Cooking. "The
new children need a helping hand. And if we don't help them, who
will?" she said.
Children born in Armenia are plagued by poverty. The Armenia
Fund USA's Ororotz-Cradle Project provides qualifying newborns
and their parents with the basic tools and services they need
to succeed in life. A $150 donation to the Ororotz-Cradle Project
will fund a year’s supply of survival essentials for Armenia’s
littlest members. "The real results of our efforts will be
measured years from now," said Kevork Toroyan, chairman of
Armenia Fund USA, "when future generations can surprise and
delight us beyond our highest hopes and most ambitious dreams.
That's what healthy, happy, secure kids can do for us."
"Linda and Rene Chirinian have always opened the doors of
their home for important and lasting projects," Mr. Toroyan
said. Chirinian's spectacular Christmas fundraiser not only raised
money for the Ororotz-Cradle Project, but also educated
people about the need to ensure that Armenia’s children grow up
healthy. "It's very much about raising awareness," Chirinian
said. "Armenia’s future depends on our ability to raise consciousness
for this project and countless others."
Linda Chirinian has been active in the Armenian Community for
years. She is involved in the Lady's Guild at the Armenian Prelacy
and works in many ways to raise support for orphans. She has also
been a long-time supporter of Armenia Fund USA. "Armenia
Fund is one of the few organizations that are hands on,” she said.
“By having a presence and oversight procedures in Armenia, every
penny is accounted for."
Linda and her husband Rene host a Christmas party annually to
benefit a charity. This year they wanted to raise support and
awareness for Ororotz. The varied guest list included new comers
to Armenia Fund USA, non-Armenians and a new generation of patrons
such as Ted and Mary Chaglassian, Richard Chirinian, Levon and
Aline Kassabian, Stephen and Arda Haratunian, Alfred Chirinian,
Ara and Eileen Zadourian, Khoren and Lucie Bandazian.
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: ARMENIA FUND USA, founded in 1992,
was the first of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 18 international affiliates and serves constituents in all states east of the Mississippi.
As a non-profit, non-governmental, nonsectarian organization,
the Fund represents all Armenian constituents.
Armenia Fund USA is the largest contributor among the 18 international affiliates – supporting strategic infrastructure projects in Armenia
and Karabakh, and having helped build 138 miles of roads, 100
miles of waterways, 36 schools, 3 electric transmission networks,
210 residential buildings and 15 healthcare institutions.
Armenia Fund USA’s Mission is the development of strategic
socio-economic infrastructure in Armenia and Karabakh, focusing
on major projects such as major highways, schools, drinking water
to communities and humanitarian programs in education, training
and medical facilities. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond
Bricks and Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
To learn more about Armenia Fund USA, please visit
our website at
or call us at 212-689-5307.