CHICAGO — AGBU Focus celebrated its fifth biennial affair with 400 participants from 16 countries and dozens of American cities here July 16-19. The four-day event took place around the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel, which is situated in the city’s downtown, footsteps away from Oak Street Beach on Lake Michigan.
Networking, cultural and social activities throughout the weekend exposed guests to Chicago’s unique history and present happenings. In addition, through the pre-event efforts of the Focus Organizing Committee, the AGBU program raised over $35,000 for the AGBU Hye Geen Pregnant Women’s Project in Armenia.
First initiated in 2001, Focus was created not only to bring together young Armenian professionals to share their international perspectives on a variety of important issues, but to showcase contributions and achievements made by AGBU’s programs.
“While Focus is a great reunion of friends old and new, packed with both cultural and social activities, it is also a time for our generation to give back,” said Arda Berberian who, along with Aline Markarian, co-chaired the weekend.
Every two years, Focus highlights a specific AGBU program and educates its attendees about the true spirit, generosity and diversity of the organization’s work throughout the world.