United Artsakh Fundraiser in Watertown Raises more than $27,000


WATERTOWN — United with Artsakh, a benefit concert which took place on April 29 at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center, with the participation of many location organizations, has raised more than $27,000 to be sent to the families of soldiers who have been killed or injured in Artsakh (Karabagh).

The funds were raised through ticket sales, donations during the event as well as food sales.

The artists who volunteered their time: Zangakner Performing Arts Ensemble (Hasmik Konjoyan, Artistic Director), Maroukhian Duo, Meghedi Vocal Group (Marine Margarian, Artistic Director), Datev Gevorkian and Mal Barsamian, Hamazkayin Erebouni Dance Ensemble (Arman Mnatsakanyan, Artistic Director), Gegham Margarian, Markos Shahbazyan, Zori Babroudi, Shahan Nercessian, Sevag Khatchadourian, Jasmin Atabekyan and her children, John Berberian Quartet (Mal Barsamian, Bruce Jigarjian, Harry Bedrossian), Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble (Martin Haroutunian, Ani Zargarian, Tamar Melkonian, John Kozelian, Stepan Megerdichian, Markos Shahbazyan and Gegham Margarian).

Volunteers who helped with all stages of the process were: Martin Haroutunian, Nairi Khachatourian, Markos Shahbazyan, Ani Khachatourian, Tosler Avedissian, Tatul Badalian, George Barmakian and Jano Avedissian.

The sponsoring organizations and businesses were: Armenian Assemblyof America-Boston, ACEC, ARF-Sardarabad Gomideh, ARS Leola Sassouni and Shushi Chapters, AYF-Greater Boston Nejdeh Chapter, Hamazkayin-Boston, Boston Homenetmen, Knights of Vartan-Ararat Lodge, St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Elementary School, Tekeyan Cultural Association, Pavilion Sound Works , Fastachi, Ani Catering, Seta’s Café, Papken Suni Agoump anditsmyseat.com

According to organizer and coordinator Dr. Ara Nazarian, the Armenian Relief Society is scheduled to transfer checks and cash to the Artsakh Ministry of Finance this week in the name of the Boston community.

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