BURLINGTON, Mass. — The Armenian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) held its annual luncheon/auction on Saturday, November 12, at the Burlington Marriott. Sold out to an audience of more than 330 supporters, this year’s benefit featured more than 500 items and raised more than $37,000 for the AWWA’s initiatives, which include the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Plain and the Elderly Care Project in Nagorno-Karabagh.
Hosting this year’s Auction was AWWA Board Member Janet Jeghelian who kept the crowd engaged with her positive and upbeat spirit. Joining her as live auctioneers were Jordan Rich, talk show host on WBZ Radio, and
Cindy Fitzgibbons, weather forecaster for Fox News. Both Rich and Fitzgibbons dazzled the crowd as they auctioned off items, including an autographed Patriots football and a signed and framed Bruins photo.
Also present was James Kalustian, chairperson of the Armenian Heritage Park Foundation. Kalustian presented a slideshow showcasing progress of the permanent memorial to the Armenian Genocide being erected outside Faneuil Hall in Boston.
Each year, the AWWA focuses its efforts on this signature event which is the major fundraiser supporting the ANRC, a five-star rated, 83-bed nursing and rehabilitation facility.
Co-chairs of the event Karen Hovsepian and Jeanne Silver were thrilled to lead their 20-person committee in planning and executing such an important fundraiser. Both said they were thrilled to have the support of the organization and the smooth working of the committee.