Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of children in rural Armenia, held its 5th Annual Summer Soiree on June 16th 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.
Empowering Armenia’s future entrepreneurs has been at the heart of COAF’s initiatives over the past decade since its inception in 2004. Providing youth, women and rural businesses with essential skills, knowledge and critical resources has significantly stimulated local economic development in the regions where COAF has launched its support and crucial interventions.
COAF’s commitment to expanding to 100 new village communities in Armenia is currently being realized with the establishment of the first COAF Smart Center in Lori. This strategically located regional epicenter will serve as a bridge for transferring knowledge from professionals to rural communities in support of their development of functional skills and expertise. The COAF Smart Centers will be scalable and self-sustaining, creating a network of empowered Armenian citizens that can work together to improve their own communities from an economic and social standpoint.
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.
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