BURBANK, CA — Thirty (30) artists will participate in a fundraising exhibit to help raise funds for Syrian Armenians on Thursday, April 11, 2013, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Zorayan Museum, Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504.

This event is sponsored by H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. The Armenian Musicians & Artists Center Inc., Tapan II TV, Organization of Istanbul Armenians, and Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) are jointly organizing the exhibit. The works of 30 artists will be available for purchase, the proceeds of which will be entirely donated to assist Syrian Armenians through SARF.

The following artists will be presented: Vladimir Atanyan, Volodya Babayan, Perchui (Berjouhi) Bayramian, Vahe Berberian, Raffi Boyajian, Galust Geudel, Lianna Goroyan, Maral Danielyan, Seeroon Yeritsyan, Evrika Zatikyan, Grigor Zakaryan, Samvel Zoumyan, Armine Teymourian, Ashot Khoodaverdian, Samvel Hallajian, Minas Hallajian, Vazgen Matyan, Zareh Mkrtichyan, Sarkis Mouradian, Ashot Minassian, Hilda Shagarian, Michael Jihanian, Razmik Samvelts, Ella Sargisyan, Mkrtich Sargisyan, Rafael Vagharshakyan, Henrik Vardeniktsy, Ara Tevkants, Emil Kazaz and Gagik Fahradian.

Zaven Khanjian, Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund, praised the artists for initiating the program, thanked Tapan II TV and the Organization of Istanbul Armenians, for organizing the event, the Western Diocese for sponsoring the event, and added, “We hope that the art-appreciating public will not miss this opportunity to enjoy the works and support our brothers and sisters in Syria.”

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The following churches, charities and organizations came together to form the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund: Armenian Catholic Eparchy in North America; Armenian Evangelical Union of North America; Western Diocese of the Armenian Church; Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America; Armenian General Benevolent Union; Armenian Missionary Association of America; Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A.; Armenian Democratic Liberal Party; Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Western U.S.A.; and Social Democrat Hunchakian Party-Western U.S.A. The web site address follows: www.SyrianArmenianReliefFund.org.

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