Urges to Keep Up with Assistance Efforts for Syrian Armenians

GLENDALE, CA — The Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) plans to hold a new HyeAID2 concert on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 6 pm, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to help raise funds for Syrian Armenians. The program includes the Gevorkian Dance Academy, singers Leyla Saribekyan and Silva Hakobyan from Armenia; and local artists, including Razmig Mansourian.

On April 18, 2013, the SARF Executive Committee of the held a press conference at the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA, regional headquarters in Glendale in regards to upcoming SARF events. Executive Committee Chairperson Zaven Khanjian and Secretary Sona Madarian were on hand, along with Vartan Gevorkian, founder and artistic director of the Gevorkian Dance Academy.

Khanjian provided an overview of the humanitarian crisis, which continues to overwhelm the Syrian Armenian community, as needs for basic daily necessities are not met. He was pleased with the ongoing support of the community, which helped to raise and transfer $450,000 to the Emergency Committees set up by the Syrian Armenian Communities through their account at the Catholicosate of Cilicia. He urged to keep up with assistance efforts for Syrian Armenians.

Madarian also expressed her gratitude for the community support for the past successes of the SARF fundraising efforts, and provided details regarding the upcoming HyeAID2 concert with local performers, as well as Leyla Saribekyan and Silva Hakobyan from Armenia.

Kevorkian, who has led the Gevorkian Dance Academy for the past two decades, where 500 students ages 5 to 25 train, urged to lend a hand to the Syrian Armenians and help them persevere by attending a top notch quality artistic program.

Following the presentations, the HyeAID2 organizers answered questions. The Dolby Theater is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 (near Highland Ave.).

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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