AGBU’s New England District Raised over $13,000 for Syrian and Artsakh Armenians


JazzWATERTOWN — On Saturday, May 7, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) New England District hosted a night of jazz as a fundraiser at its newly renovated center. The event raised more than $13,000 for AGBU’s Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund for Syrian and Artsakh Armenians.

Because of the generosity of several underwriters, 100 percent of all the ticket donations have been applied towards the Relief Fund.

“It was a unique and incredibly successful event all in the name of humanitarian assistance,” said Ara J. Balikian, chair of the New England District. “We transformed our center into an intimate lounge, and everyone had a great time.”

During the performance, the audience enjoyed homemade desserts, premium cocktails, and listened to an incredible performance by outstanding musicians Vartan Ovsepyan, piano, John Lockwood, bass, Karen Kocharyan, drums, and Samvel Galstian, vocals.

The event was supported by the Tekeyan Cultural Association.