A historic charity event in support of Armenian and British charities took place at the Windsor Castle on 10 February hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Project initiator and main benefactor Armen Sarkissian, former Prime Minister of Armenia and President of Eurasia House International, welcomed more than 200 guests from around the world with the Royal couple. “Yerevan-My-Love” is a heritage-led regene-ration project dedicated to preserving architecturally significant buildings in Yerevan and putting them to use to improve the life experience of disabled children, young people and disadvantaged families.

The fundraising will support the reconstruction of four buildings: two of them in Yerevan’s Kond district and two in the centre. Once completed and fully furnished with facilities and equipment, one of the Kond buildings will be used to house a nursery for deaf and mute children from deprived families and the other will serve as a centre for single mothers with children. The other two buildings in the centre will become a music school for national instruments for deprived children and youth. The school will be run by world famous master duduk player Djivan Gasparyan, who was an orphan himself and grew up under the care and tutelage of musicians and artists of his time.

Members of the royal family, dignitaries, world renowned political, cultural and civic leaders, and senior executives of global corporation, including Areva, HSBC, Barclay.s Bank, Merrill Lynch, Elettronica, attended this unique charity event. A high level delegation from Armenia was headed by President Serge Sargsyan and His Holiness Catholicos Garegin II of All Armenians, the Mayor of Yerevan and Armenia.s Foreign Minister.

The Prince of Wales underlined that “it is an occasion to strengthen further the strong ties between the United Kingdom and Armenia”. He expressed his admiration for Armenia as the oldest Christian nation in the world and “for its vast and unique architectural heritage”.

“This is why I am so delighted to be giving this dinner to support the charity, „Yerevan My Love., which will help with the redevelopment and revitalization of some of the oldest parts of the city in a way that preserves and continues traditional Armenian architecture and craftsmanship. Perhaps this approach will also provide an example and model to be adopted elsewhere in Armenia”.

The dinner was held in the vast historic Waterloo Chamber, which was built in tribute to the success of the forces of Great Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815 when Napoleon Bonaparte was finally defeated. Official state dinners hosted by The Queen are held in this Chamber. Especially brought from London and displayed throughout the chamber for this special occasion were magnificent gold and silver objects from the royal collection.

Donors of this fundraising event

(in support of first project of “Yerevan My Love”)

Main sponsor and benefactor Dr. & Mrs Armen Sarkissian and family; benefactors: Mr & Mrs Sergey Ambartsumyan (Russia), Mr & Mrs Enzo Benigni (Italy), Mr & Mrs Haig Didizian (UK), Mr & Mrs Samvel Karapetyan (Russia), Ms Louise Manoogian Simone (USA), Mr & Mrs Vatche Manoukian (UK), Mr & Mrs. Joseph Oughourlian (USA), Mr & Mrs Samir Traboulsi (UK), Mr & Mrs Ruben Vardanyan (Russia); Corporate benefactors: ArmRusGasprom (CEO Karen Karapetyan); Energoproekt (CEOs Gagik Zakharyan & Evgeny Bobylev); ENI (CEO Paolo Scaroni), HSBC (Chairman Stephen Green), ITERA (CEO Igor V. Makarov); Patron: Areva (CEO Anne Lauvergeon); Mr Eduardo Eurnekian (Argentina), Wafic Said (UK); Sponsors: and VimpelCom (CEO Boris Nemsic); Mr & Mrs Carl Bazarian (USA), Mr & Mrs David Bezhuashvili (Georgia), Mr Pierre Fattouch (Lebanon), Mr & Mrs Ray Irani (Occidental Petroleum, USA), Mr & Mrs Berge Setrakian (AGBU), Mr & Mrs Igor Tsukanov (Russia), Mr & Mrs Davit Varagyan (Kazakhstan), and Mr Gagik Zakaryan (Russia); Supporters: Mr & Mrs Bedo Eghiayan (UK) and Mr & Mrs Assadour Guzelian (UK).

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