Archive for the ‘Events’ Category


[Events]: GTech’s Hot Summer Fling Kicks-Off the Season June 24th in New York.

June 7, 2010

Looking for a night out, a charitable cause, or just a great time with some friends?

FAR’s GTech Committee is sponsoring the Hot Summer Fling Thursday, June 24th from 8 to 11 pm. The event will take place at the trendy Helen Mills venue, located at 137W 26th street in New York City.

The party benefits FAR’s Gyumri IT Center (GTech) in Armenia, a center to train young Armenians for a 21st century global market. Those accepted to the school have a chance to lend a hand in the rebuilding of Gyumri’s economy, which faced a downturn following the 1988 earthquake. GTech offers skilled students courses in System Engineering and Project Management, Data Processing, Software Development, Networking, and System Administration. The program opened the doors to a new virtual lab this past December and welcomed a partnership for employment opportunities with Malcolm Sanders Management. It is a sign of new development in Armenia and aims to bolster Gyumri’s economy with trained professionals are positive. To learn more about the program click here.

Whether you are looking for a good time or a charitable cause, an invite is extended to all interested in GTech.

Tickets will be $75 (the average cost of a nice night out) until June 17th and $100 thereafter. A full open bar will hydrate guests, live music will entertain, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To RSVP, email or contact Samantha at 212.889.5150.



[Events]: Randy Sapah-Gulian Delivered Keynote at the ACYOA General Assembly.

June 7, 2010

By Karine Abalyan & Artur Petrosyan

Randy Sapah-Gulian, chair of the board of directors of the Fund for Armenian Relief, delivered the keynote address at the ACYOA General Assembly on Friday, May 28. Mr. Sapah-Gulian gave participants an overview of the organization’s programs and shared stories of individual beneficiaries who have received opportunities through FAR, ranging from scholarships and job placement to medical assistance and programs for the elderly.

He also stressed that in the 20 years since its establishment following the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, FAR has transitioned from serving the immediate needs of the Armenian people to creating long-term development programs. In the past two decades, FAR has allocated $280 million in humanitarian assistance and developed more than 220 programs in Armenia, including initiatives to bolster education, infrastructure, and medicine.

Also representing FAR at the General Assembly was Garnik Nanagoulian, the organization’s executive director, inviting young people to consider how they might play a role in Armenia’s growth.

Click here to read more about the ACYOA General Assembly and Sports Weekend, which were held in Boston, MA.


Credit: Armenian Church of America


[Events]: Readings from Armenian Authors Deported From Constantinople on April 24, 1915.

April 20, 2010

The Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, together with Columbia University Armenian Club, the Armenian Students Association, the Armenian Network and the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, invite you to a unique evening in St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral (at 630 Second Avenue) — on Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm — geared towards better understanding the meaning of the events of April 24, 1915.

New York City artists, authors and others will read selections from the works of Armenian authors of Istanbul who were rounded up and taken away to be killed on April 24.

Readings will feature pieces from those Armenian authors who were successfully murdered after their deportation and those who miraculously survived.


[Events]: Wynnewood, PA – Impacting Armenia through FAR.

April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm

St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Church, Hayatian Hall
630 Clothier Road
Wynnewood, PA

Come join us on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 pm, as representatives from FAR, the Fund for Armenian Relief will be visiting our community to share about the work that FAR is doing in Armenia.

Since 1988, FAR has been making a remarkable impact in Armenia through a variety of different projects ranging from Economic Development, Education, Child Protection, Health and Medical Education and many more.

Our intention is that in partnership with FAR, we as individuals or the as an entire community, will be able to establish projects to be supported by Philadelphia area Armenians.

I invite you to participate this extraordinary opportunity to assist our brothers and sisters in Armenia as they constantly work to shape the future of today’s Armenia.

Drinks, Mezze and Dessert will be served.

More information on Facebook.


[Events]: Helping Armenian Artists Find Inspiration in Nature

January 8, 2010

In order to support the robust arts community in Armenia, FAR and the Armenian Artists’ Union are providing artists with a unique opportunity to explore nature and find inspiration for their work.  During soviet times, artists were sponsored to travel within Armenia as well as internationally in order to find inspiration.  Additionally, the state often purchased the art works of the members of Armenian Artists Union.  However today, many Armenian artists cannot afford to travel outside of Yerevan. FAR’s joint program with the Armenian Artists’ Union aims to fill the gap by sponsoring artists to visit the more remote regions of Armenia three times a year.  For the trips, the groups are provided with transportation, food and art supplies.

Artists at Work in the Armenian Countryside

Credit: FAR Staff

Hrach Aloyan, one of the artists participating in the program, shared his impressions with us.  “Though I was involved in this Program of FAR in later autumn, when the weather was cold, my heart was warmed thanks to the atmosphere created.  For a long time, I have not been able to make a creative journey with my friends.  I would like to thank FAR for providing such an opportunity.” As a token of thankfulness, Hrach presented FAR with his painting titled “Ashun” (Autumn). Like Hrach, many Armenian artists dream of new opportunities to visit Karabagh and Javakhk in order to capture the colors of those Armenian lands.  FAR hopes to continue to support these artists in their creative endeavors.

Hrach Aloyan’s “Ashun”

Credit: FAR Staff


[Event]: Christmas Gift Distribution in Shamshadin Region

January 5, 2010

By Margarita Piliposyan

FAR is very grateful to an important benefactor, Mr. John Thomas, who helped to make this Christmas a little more enjoyable for children in the Shamshadin region of Armenia.  The distribution of gift bags (which included candy, chocolate, toys, silver crosses and prayer cards) to fifty underprivileged children was administered by Der Aram, the only priest serving the region.

Despite the foggy weather on the day of the scheduled distribution, the beneficiary children traveled to the Tovuz village church on December 23rd to receive Der Aram’s blessings along with their gifts.  Prior to the gift bag distribution, Der Aram thanked Mr. John Thomas and FAR for injecting some Christmas cheer into the lives of the local children.

Two Beneficiaries Happy with Their Christmas Treats!

Credit: FAR Staff

The children were all elated and thankful for the unexpected Christmas gifts, which were quite a surprise to the youngsters.  During and after the distribution, children and their mothers approached FAR representatives to personally thank us, and to share their concerns.  FAR is very happy to have the support of special benefactors such as John Thomas, so that we may reach the most needy corners of Armenia, and help as many children as possible.

Saint Astvadzadzin Church, where the Distribution Took Place

Credit: FAR Staff

The Group of Beneficiaries with Their Families

Credit: FAR Staff


[Event]: FAR Supports Growing Shirak Diocese

January 4, 2010

Last month, the Shirak diocese celebrated the 10th anniversary of the leadership of Primate Bishop Mikael Ajapahyan, a highly educated theologian and a spiritual leader of his community.  In 1999, Vardapet Mikael Ajapahyan was appointed as a primate, and later consecrated as bishop. During his 10 years of leadership, the Shirak Diocese has grown to become an integral part of the community, present in almost every aspect of life.

When Bishop Ajapahyan arrived in 1999, the Shirak Diocese consisted of only 4 priests and 4 churches.  Today, the diocese oversees 16 priests and more than 25 acting churches. The Diocese oversees administrative offices, Social-Educational Centers, a Youth Center, a seminary, an orphanage, a summer camp, and Sunday schools.  To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Primate Bishop Mikael Ajapahyan, FAR was happy to be one of the main sponsors of a calendar commemorating the event.  We hope the Shirak Diocese will continue to grow and strengthen as it has over the past decade.

Primate Bishop Mikael Ajapahyan with Celebration Attendees

Credit: FAR Staff