Young revelers from a couple of years back have fun while helping raise funds for Syrian relief.

Four Worcester Churches Hold Fundraiser for Syrian, Armenian Relief


WORCESTER — On Saturday, September 29, the Armenian churches of Worcester County will hold their eighth annual Benefit Dance. Guests can enjoy Armenian, Arabic and Greek dance music from 7.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. All funds raised will be dedicated to Syrian Armenian resettlement in North America and the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR).

Since the start of the crisis in 2011, thousands of Armenian families have fled to other countries to avoid the atrocities of the ongoing war. In most cases, these families have spent all their money to reach a safe haven. Once they make it out, they hardly have any funds left.

Since 2015, the First Armenian Evangelical Church of Montreal has helped hundreds to acclimate to their new lives in Canada. Last year’s dance helped more than 300 families start a new life in Canada and that number is expected to be matched this year.

There are currently 8.4 million Syrian children residing as refugees in neighboring countries. That is 80 percent of Syria’s children. And now, more than 22,000 Syrian-Armenians have resettled in the Republic of Armenia.

First Armenian Evangelical Church of Montreal

Talented local musicians led by Mark Der Mugrditchian, will entertain guests.

Ticket purchase will include a cash bar, mezze selection, dessert and coffee.

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The dance will take place at the Armenian Church of Our Saviour Cultural Center, 34 Boynton St., Worcester. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Teen tickets are $20 while children 12 and under can attend for free.

For tickets contact Jay Kapur at 508-740-4464 or or Eva Kopoyan at 508-757-6195 or Henri Bahnan at 508-740-0948.

Additional volunteer and giving opportunities exist.

The four participating churches are the Armenian Church of the Martyrs, Armenian Church of Our Saviour, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church and Soorp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic Church.

To learn more about the First Armenian Evangelical Church of Montreal, visit


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