For Immediate Release
August 04, 2006
YOUNG BENEFACTORS SUPPORT ARMENIA FUND USA’S AGRICULTURAL INITIATIVE
Evening cocktails organized by young professionals helped
raise funds for an agricultural development project in Karabakh
NEW YORK, New York – Combining fun with the useful – what could
be more exciting for a group of young professionals who organized
an evening of cocktails to benefit Armenia Fund USA’s Agricultural
Initiative in the Mardakert region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The event,
which took place on July 26, 2006, was a big success. Thanks to
young benefactors coming from all walks of life, more than $13,000
USD were raised to support the Fund’s efforts of improving life
in the impoverished villages of a war-torn region.
Generously hosted by Edele Hovnanian at her residence in New
York City, the evening of cocktails and mezze was put together
with the help of Armenia Fund USA’s junior committee of young
professionals, among them Eric Baroyan, Kate Barry, Lisa Charkoudian,
Nyire and Greg Melconian, Talene Najarian, and Margot and Randy
Left to Right:
Alyssa and Tom Bonomo, Talene Najarian, Eric Baroyan, Amy
For the Fund’s first event of the year the committee worked very
hard to put together an evening that would be both fun and informative.
Great music, delicious Armenian food and drinks, an atmosphere
of friendship and unity for a common cause – all added to the
excitement! Taking time out of their busy schedules, about hundred
young benefactors attended the event. In an environment as interesting
and as vibrant, everyone became everyone else’s friend. Irina
Lazarian, Executive Director of the Fund and Margot Takian, chairing
the junior committee, welcomed the guests with a brief introduction
of the “Rebirth of Artsakh” Regional Development Program, what
the Fund would focus on for the coming year, and the project the
fundraising drive was supporting. Guests were able to find out
more about how the agricultural development initiative, one of
the components of the Regional Development scheme, would help
small farming communities in rural villages of Karabakh to improve
agro industry sector of the national economy, become entrepreneurs
and to uproot poverty from these much suffered regions.
Left to Right: Lisa Charkoudian,
Irina Lazarian (Armenia Fund USA), Margot Takian, Nyire
Melconian, Kate Barry, Talene Najarian
Involving young minds in the day-to-day activities of Armenia
Fund USA is an important way of sharing with them a unified goal
– reaching out to the less fortunate in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Young people strengthen the Fund’s mission of building solid infrastructure
upon which sustainable development rests.
All proceedings from the young benefactor’s event are 100% tax-deductible
and will go toward the implementation of the Agricultural Initiative,
the economic underpinning of the Regional Development Program
for three key regions of Nagorno-Karabakh.
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: ARMENIA FUND USA, founded in 1992,
was the first of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 19 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 19 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.
Armenia Fund USA
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 301
New York, NY 10038