It is my pleasure to invite you to this year's COAF Gala, the 13th edition of our winter keystone event. I'm pleased to announce Mr. Tony Shafrazian as this year's Gala Chairman, who will lead us in honoring Eric Esrailian and Terry George, producer and Oscar winning director of Kirk Kirkorian's movie, The Promise. We're excited to again bring together a wonderful group of accomplished individuals across many fields of industry for a night of remembrance and celebration, and thank all of our ardent supporters and those who will be joining us for the first time on Friday, December 9th. Andrea Martin, the wonderful multiple time Tony Award-winning actress and longtime COAF ambassador will be our Emcee for the evening. The gala will again be held at Cipriani's on 42nd Street in Manhattan.
COAF's mission is to improve education to empower children living in rural villages of Armenia. COAF's programs center around education, but span healthcare, food and agriculture and social and economic programs.
The impact has been unprecedented. We have dramatically improved the quality of life for over 10,000 young people in 46 Armenian villages through our comprehensive approach. Our ambitious objective now is to expand these programs across Armenia's 1000 villages through a scaled model over the next 10 years. This ambitious goal has already begun in the earthquake-damaged region of Lori.
COAF is using the novel concept of regional SMART campuses to serve as centralized connection points for these remote regions to the rest of the world through the use of first-in-class communications technology.
None of what we've accomplished over the last 13 years would be possible without the undying support of our staff, volunteers, partner organizations, and of course our donors.
We thank you for being a part of our efforts to ensure a safe and prosperous future for Armenia's children, and we hope you enjoy seeing the fruits of your commitment on December 9th.
Come celebrate with us!
Paying Tribute to the survivors of the Armenian Genocide By Honoring The Historical Drama
Michael Aram is an internationally acclaimed artist, who captivated his collectors for almost thirty years with his sculptural tableware, decorative objects and fine jewelry collections. Highly inspired by surroundings, Michael combines the imperfections inherent in the handmade process with the beauty of nature, making each piece a work of art. His tableware, sculpture, jewelry, lighting and furniture is sold in over 70 countries as well as in his flagship stores in New York and Los Angeles.
Michael is a COAF constant board member and one of the most dedicated supports for many years. We are very proud that Michael Aram is with us and his amazing works will be part of our special surprise to all the COAF GALA 2016 attendees.
Tigran Tsitoghdzyan is a New York City-based visual artist. He was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1976. In 1986, by the age of ten, over one hundred of Tigran's childhood paintings were chosen by Henrik Iguityan to be displayed in a solo exhibition in Armenia, which thereafter traveled to the US, Russia, Japan and Spain.
Ten years later, he moved to Europe, and then later in 2009, to the US. Since then and from New York, his new series, technique and images are experiencing a phenomenal uprise that comprises both art quality and a bold, intriguing, personal expression with a growing resonance on the international scene.
This year, Tigran has donated to COAF GALA Auction a stunning piece from his collectino, and this will not only make an impact on lives of many children in Armenia, but also will make our evening memorable and very special.
Emmy-Winning Television Journalist
Armen Keteyian is an American television journalist and author. He is currently the lead correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime, a CBS News correspondent based in New York, and a contributing correspondent to 60 Minutes. Keteyian was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is of Armenian descent. Keteyian is a 1971 graduate of Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BA degree in journalism in 1976. An 11-time Emmy award winner, Keteyian was named a full-time correspondent for Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports, a monthly sports magazine show beginning in January 2013. Prior to that, he was CBS News' chief investigative correspondent for seven years (began March 2006), after spending nine years as a sportscaster for HBO and CBS Sports.
KHANOUM GEVORGYAN AND HER RISING STAR An ambitious and talented student from Armenia, whose name we surely are all going to hear more is building her way with hard work, ambition, passion for knowledge and sharing.
Khanoum is a participant of COAF supported programs from the village of Karakert, with population of only four thousand people.
At the age of fifteen, she won the competitive merit based Exchange Program (FLEX) scholarship and became a student of an American high school in Hawaii.
After one year of staying in Hawaii, Khanoum has returned to Armenia, full of impressions, acquiring priceless experience of living abroad and seeing the world from a whole new perspective. After returning from her trip, the girl became actively involved in life of her community in Karakert. Khanoum has organized an "English Club", where she is teaching local kids language.
Khanoum is going to speak about her life experience in COAF Gala 2016, and you will be charmed by her charismatic character and cheering life position, promising features of a true leader.
Andrea Martin REHEARSES The Run Of The Show WITH COAF TEAM
Details of our precious award createdBy michael Aram
Special Book, Part of the GIFT Bag
Details of our GIFT bag contentsCreated by Michael Aram
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