AGBU WESTERN DISTRICT COMMITTEE’S ANNUAL GALA BANQUET RAISES $125,000 FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS

The AGBU Western District Annual Gala Banquet, one of the most anticipated events in Los Angeles, drew over 400 guests this year for an evening of fundraising and celebration. Together, the attendees donated a record $125,000 for local youth programs as they honored AGBU Central Board Vice President Sam Simonian and his wife Sylva for their groundbreaking educational initiatives in Armenia. Now leading philanthropists, the Simonians...

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AGBU YP YEREVAN ORGANIZES PUBLIC DISCUSSION ON PENSION REFORMS

One of the most controversial and discussed issues in Armenia at the end of 2013 was the RA Government’s decision on mandatory pension reforms. The issue, still unresolved, and now under review by the Constitutional Court of Armenia, remains a hot topic and has become a reason for major public discontent and demonstrations. The law requires that all working citizens of Armenia under the age of 40 must pay five percent of their salaries to privately owned pension funds in addition to social security payments made by their employers. The government says...

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AN AVC STUDENT'S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR ARMENIA

Isabelle, 53, from Montpellier, France, has a son that looks Armenian, with Armenian eyes, Armenian nose and even eyebrows. But neither Isabelle, nor her son are Armenian. She simply loves Armenia! From January through August, Isabelle works as a sales agent for music festivals organized by Radio France. From September through December, she keeps busy with her favorite hobby: sculpting. She says she loves English artist Henry Moore's style. Isabelle studied Fine Arts at a young age, but in 2003, she decided to return...

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DR. ZORIAN VISITS ISTANBUL

The AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC) is available anywhere and anytime - not only virtually, but also physically. AVC makes every effort to reach Diaspora Armenian communities, all of which hold strategic importance for Armenia. Between October 8-12, AVC Founding President Dr. Yervant Zorian visited Istanbul, Turkey, to meet Armenian community representatives. This was his second meeting with the Turkish-Arm...

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AUA SUPPORTERS CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

On December 14, 2013, Zaven and Sonia Akian opened their home to host a fundraising event celebrating the recent launch of the undergraduate program at the American University of Armenia (AUA). The sold-out event, which took place under the night sky, raised over $110,000 for the university. “We were so pleased with the turnout for this event,” noted Zaven Akian. “The enthusiasm of the crowd in support of AUA’s undergraduate program was stupendous,” Akian continued....

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