By Taleen Babayan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
NEW YORK — Only the rare individual can conquer the international music scene while using his renown and resources to improve the lives of people around the world.
Such a man is Charles Aznavour, whose music has bridged two centuries and countless international boundaries, and whose humanitarian efforts have elevated cause of vulnerable people in Armenia and elsewhere.
In recognition of his lifetime achievements — and to mark the 20th anniversary of the Republic of Armenia — Aznavour was honored by the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) at Cipriani’s Wall Street Restaurant, on Friday, May 20.
More than 600 people attended the program. During the banquet, guests, dignitaries, artists and musicians from around the globe recognized Aznavour for his philanthropy and for his efforts in improving lives in Armenia over the past two decades.
“Our love for Armenia keeps us glued together,” said Randy Sapah-Gulian, chairman of FAR, in his welcoming remarks. “And we are here tonight to honor an artist, a visionary, a man of great integrity and Armenia’s favorite son: Charles Aznavour.”