COAF Annual Summer Soiree Raises Over $50,000 in Support of Entrepreneurship Programs in Lori, Armenia

Diron Jebejian, Andrea Montalbano, Dr. Garo ArmenOn June 16, 2015, COAF held it's 5th Annual Summer Soiree at the chic PH-D Rooftop Lounge of the Dream Hotel Downtown in New York City. 300 COAF friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the organization’s recent accomplishments and raise funds for vital entrepreneurship programs that will be offered to rural youth at the first state-of-the-art COAF Smart Center currently being built in the Lori region of Armenia.

The evening was graciously hosted by COAF Board member Diron Jebejian and Andrea Montalbano. Host Committee members included Zarig Baghdadlian, Loris Diran, Alecko Eskandarian, Lara Eurdolian, Monica Ghailian, Sebouh and Michelle Nahabedian, Alex Sarkesian and Chris Sarkesian. Guests included Tony Shafrazi, Patricia Field, Nancy Kricorian, Scout Tufankjian, Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian. Event sponsors were Baked by Melissa, Couturier De Cardboard Inc., and Shake + Share Media NYC.

COAF SoulCycle Charity Ride 

On April 26, 2015, over 50 people participated in COAF's first-ever SoulCycle Charity ride and raised over $22,000 for health programs and sports equipment in the organization's expanded region of Lori marz. The 45 minute spinning class in New York City's West Village area was led by SoulCycle star instructor Chad Stringfellow. In the front row of the studio were athletes Arman Serebrakian and Andrea Montalbano, along with COAF supporter and gala host Andrea Martin. Toufayan Bakeries generously sponsored the event.

Michael Aram Valentine's Cocktail Party & Shopping Event

The Michael Aram flagship store in New York was packed the evening of Tuesday February 10 for a Valentine’s Day benefit for the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF). Partial proceeds from the sale of Michael Aram’s entire collection and new jewelry line was donated to COAF in support of the vital programs being carried out in villages throughout Armenia. Guests enjoyed complimentary hors d'oeuvres with wine and champagne throughout the evening. Michael Aram is a longtime Executive Board Member of COAF who is deeply committed to the organization’s mission to secure a future for children in Armenia’s impoverished rural villages through improved education, healthcare, community life and economic conditions. In his welcoming remarks, Michael highlighted how dear COAF is to him and how he has been to the villages in Armenia and witnessed the enthusiasm of the children and the sustainable opportunities for growth and progress being provided to them. 

Children Of Armenia Fund Annual Gala Raises $2.4 Million for Expansion into Rural Armenia

Haig Boyadjian, Garo Armen, Michael Aram

The eleventh annual Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) Holiday Gala took place at Cipriani 42nd Street on December 12, 2014, in New York City. Over 450 guests attended the gala fundraiser, including honorary chairs Victor Garber, Susan Kendall Newman and Tony Shafrazi. Special guests included Michael Aram, Donald Baechler Eric Bogosian, Peter M. Brant, Patricia Field, Henry Hay, Peter Marino, and Stephanie Seymour.

This year’s honorees were longtime COAF supporter Ara Arslanian, who was given the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work, and Alexis Ohanian, who received the Save the Generation Award as a pioneering internet entrepreneur and activist. Both awards were presented by COAF Executive Board member Michael Aram. For the eighth year in a row, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Andrea Martin entertained guests throughout the evening as Master of Ceremonies.

The evening featured exclusive performances by renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and “The Voice” finalist Will Champlin. As a special highlight, child musicians from Armenia delivered spectacular performances, including on traditional Armenian folk instruments.

The program featured highlights of COAF’s recent accomplishments, as well the organization’s ambitious plans to expand into new village communities throughout Armenia. The $2.4 million raised this year will go toward a state-of-the-art smart center to be built in Armenia which will act as a hub to surrounding villages. Funds will also be allocated to infrastructure improvements and projects in COAF-supported villages.

Children of Armenia Fund 4th Annual Summer Soiree

Haig Boyadjian, Garo Armen, Michael Aram The Children of Armenia Fund held its Fourth Annual Summer Soiree on Tuesday, June 24, at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge in New York City. Close to 300 COAF friends and supporters attended the event, which raised over $50,000 for renovation of a dilapidated and unsafe school auditorium in the village of Aragatsavan. 

Thanks to our generous donors, COAF will now launch the renovation process so that the auditorium is ready when children are back from holidays. Over 350 schoolchildren will directly benefit from this fundraiser event, which will allow them to have a beautiful space for staging performances and hosting school events.

The evening was graciously sponsored by Michael Aram, Fancy Face Photobooth, The Squeeze, Cupcakes by Sonia, Baked by Melissa, Gourmet Dourmé and Armoir Fashion.

10th Annual Holiday Gala

Andrea Martin and Victor Garber

We are truly grateful for having so many friends and supporters join us for our 10th Annual Gala, which was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan on December 13, 2013. The night was an amazing success and allowed COAF to raise nearly $3 million for programs on improving living conditions for children in Armenia.

The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and longtime friend of COAF, Andrea Martin, entertained guests throughout the evening as the master of ceremonies. Award-winning film and television actor Victor Garber served as the Honorary Chair for the evening. It was COAF’s pleasure to have bestselling author Chris Bohjalian and internationally-renowned photographer Scout Tufankjian as guest speakers. Special guests in attendance included Michael Aram, Patricia Field, Kerry Butler, and Benjamin McKenzie.

The children from Armenia wowed guests with their talents and performances. The generosity demonstrated that evening was a tremendous step forward with our goal: COAF’s expansion into 100 new villages in the next 10 years.

The event was graciously sponsored by Michael Aram, MLV and Co, Jack Vartanian, Intermix, The Starr Foundation, AmeriaBank, Beeline, HSBC, Orange, Newman`s Own Foundation, VivaCell.

Michael Aram Shopping Event Benefiting COAF

We are enormously grateful to our valued board member Michael Aram for hosting a shopping event on November 14, 2013 at the Michael Aram store on 136 West 18th Street. The evening was a huge success! 30% of all proceeds were generously donated to COAF programs benefiting underprivileged children in neglected communities of Armenia.

2013 COAF Summer Soiree

Held at the beautiful PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on June 25, 2013, the Children of Armenia Fund’s third Summer Soiree gathered COAF friends committed to improving lives of children in the villages of Armenia. Thanks to the funds raised at this event and in parternship with local farmers and the United Nations Development Fund, COAF installed a new 1,100 meter-long irrigation pipeline in the village of Aragatsavan. This will improve farming for over 320 acres of land, greatly improving the quality of life.

Over 250 value-aligned supporters of COAF, including our longtime friends Patricia Field and Khalil Barrage, made this evening truly special and unforgettable!

Ninth Annual Holiday Gala

Over 300 of our longtime friends and supporters gathered on December 13, 2012 at the marvelous Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to make our Ninth Annual Holiday Gala a resounding success! Close to $1.3 million was raised to support the expansion efforts of COAF to include additional villages to its education and healthcare programs.

For the sixth year in a row, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress, Andrea Martin, was the master of ceremonies for the evening. For her longtime commitment to the organization, she was honored with the COAF Humanitarian Award. Both Sam and Sylva Simonian and Nathan Lane were also honored for their philanthropic accomplishments. The Gala was co-hosted by celebrated artist Michael Aram.

The highlight of the evening was performance by children who traveled to New York all the way from the villages of Armenia where COAF works. They played traditional Armenian musical instruments and shared their success stories with the guests.

The event also featured both silent and live auctions conducted by Sotheby’s celebrity auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesley.

Eighth Annual Holiday Gala

For the fifth year in a row, Emmy and Tony award winning star of the screen and stage, Andrea Martin was the master of ceremonies at our traditional annual Holiday Gala. It is no surprise that the evening was such a success! More than 300 of our supporters gathered on December 15, 2011 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing to participate in the evening which raised more than $1.4 million. The money will be spent on renovation of a dilapidated school in the Armenian village of Karakert.

Multiple Tony and Emmy Award Nominee Victor Garber was honored with the 2011 COAF Humanitarian Award. Garber's longtime friend, Tony Award Winner Matthew Broderick presented him with the award. In addition to the evening's performers and the presenters, the gala featured a long list of celebrity attendees including Twilight's Angela Sarafyan, the Food Network's Geoffrey Zakarian, Logo's Robert Verdi and producer and director, David Alexanian.

The gala featured a number of musical performances by children from COAF-sponsored villages in Armenia, as well as a charity auction conducted by Sotheby's celebrity auctioneer C. Hugh Hildelsey.

2011 COAF Summer Soiree

On June 22, 2011, hosts Michael Aram, Khajak Keledjian and Andrea Martin entertained over 230 guests at New York's chic Standard Hotel. In attendance were special guests Gregory & Kelley Badishkanian, Lena & Daniel Baranovsky, Khalil Barrage, The Feinberg Family and Alex Witt who gathered to support COAF's education programs in rural Armenia.

Over the course of the evening, guests contributed to a "Wall of Children" in total raising over $25,000 and enabling COAF to complete the final wing in the reconstruction of the school in Myasnikyan, COAF's 16th infrastructure rehabilitation project to date.

Seventh Annual Gala

On December 16, 2010, supporters of the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) gathered for the organization’s seventh annual gala, held at the spectacular Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The nearly 300 guests in attendance enthusiastically demonstrated their continuing commitment to COAF’s cause, raising more than $1.5 million which will go to support the second phase of a school renovation in the village of Myasnikyan as well as ongoing programs in education, health and economic development in the ten villages in which COAF has worked over the past six years.

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Andrea Martin, a longtime COAF supporter, again entertained the audience as the master of ceremonies. The evening’s guest speakers were Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Mr. Michael Aram, artist and entrepreneur, and Dr. Helen Evans, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dr. Garo Armen, Founder & Chairman of COAF, expressed his deep gratitude to the attendees for their ongoing support and updated them on COAF’s most recent achievements.