By Alin K. Gregorian
SHERBORN, Mass. — A gathering of about 200 guests enjoying food and drink while reveling in the late summer sunshine in the backyard of Anthony and Nancy Barsamian raised several hundred thousand dollars for the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) on Sunday, September 20.
The event marked the ATP’s 15th anniversary, one of several regional events planned for the occasion. The goal was to raise funds, and the organizers were not disappointed.
The small celebrations are also intended to recognize those who have supported the organization. Among those who this year are supporting the ATP — as they have done for several years — are the Mirak family as well as the Ohanian family.
The John Mirak Foundation renewed its five-year pledge to the ATP, increasing its donation to $300,000 for the five-year period, compared to $250,000 in the previous span.
In addition, Virginia Ohanian donated $150,000 for the Michael and Virginia Ohanian Center for Environmental Studies in Kapan, Armenia. The Ohanians have donated several hundred thousand dollars to the ATP already.