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.
Talented local musicians led by Mark Der Mugrditchian, will entertain guests.
Ticket purchase will include a cash bar, mezze selection, dessert and coffee.