Gala Honoring Ardem Patapoutian


April 15, 2023
07:00 pm - 11:45 pm (PST)
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
United States
Individual tickets: $500

Sponsorship level ticketing starts at $2,500 for 2 tickets*

$50,000 (includes premium table of 10)
$25,000 (includes table of 10)
$10,000 (includes table of 10)
$5,000 (includes 4 tickets)
$2,500 (includes 2 tickets)

*Sponsorship levels above are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law – reduced by $500 per guest attendance. All levels of sponsorship will be recognized in the program booklet.

Deadline to reserve tickets: April 10.
Donations received before April 5 will be recognized in our event booklet.

Checks may be mailed to:
AGBU Western Region
2495 E. Mountain Street
Pasadena, CA 91104

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AGBU is proud to honor AGBU alumnus Dr. Ardem Patapoutian, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking research and pay tribute to his parents Sarkis Patapoutian and Haigouhi Adjemian Patapoutian. Entertainment by world-renown Guy Manoukian.


Donations to AGBU Global Relief Fund without ticket purchases can be made here

Organized by: Western Region
Ardem Patapoutian

Dr. Ardem Patapoutian, PhD

Nobel Prize Laureate, Molecular Biologist, Neuroscientist | Guest of Honor

In 2021, Armenian-American scientist Dr. Ardem Patapoutian won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with David Julius for their breakthrough discoveries of the receptors for temperature and touch. The Nobel Prize, given for achievements that have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind, reflects on Dr. Patapoutian’s already distinguished career in the field of molecular biology and neuroscience. In 2017, he received the W. Alden Spencer Award, followed by the Rosenstiel Award in 2019 and the 2020 Kavli Prize for Neuroscience and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers Award in Biology/Biomedicine. A professor and molecular biologist in the Department of Neuroscience at California’s Scripps Research, Patapoutian grew up in Lebanon where he attended the AGBU Demirdjian School and the AGBU Hovagimian-Manoogian School. After receiving the Nobel Prize, he commented, “AGBU played a huge role in my youth and I am very indebted to the organization.” In 1986, in his first year at the American University of Beirut, the 18-year old fled from Lebanon’s civil war and settled in the United States with his brother.  Working many odd jobs, he eventually found his way to a brilliant education, earning a B.S. degree from UCLA and a Ph.D from California Institute of Technology. In 2022, he was awarded the Order of St. Mesrop Mashtots and elected an honorary member of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yerevan State Medical University. Haypost issued a commemorative stamp in his honor. In turn, Dr. Patapoutian gifted a replica of his Nobel Prize medal to the History Museum of Armenia.

Guy Manoukian

Guy Manoukian

Musician, Composer, Producer, Pianist | Guest Entertainer

Our honoree and guests will be treated to a live musical performance by the incomparable Lebanese-Armenian musical talent Guy Manoukian. The acclaimed entertainer has attracted a worldwide following, intrigued by his original cross-over style that fuses traditional Arabic sounds with arrangements informed by Western contemporary music. A child prodigy, Manoukian started playing piano at age four and by age eight had already performed at the Presidential Palace in Lebanon. He was just a teenager when he became the first artist from the Middle East to be endorsed by the Yamaha piano company as a brand ambassador. He has since headlined at many world-class venues including the London Palladium, Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, and the Sydney Opera House. He holds the historical record for the most sold-out performances at the Dubai Opera—a total of six times.

Humanitarian Relief for Artsakh and Lebanon

Please consider joining us with a contribution to the AGBU Global Relief Fund so that AGBU may continue officer critical services to those in need. Since 2020, AGBU has worked to provide monthly food and supplies, warm food, clothing, heating supplies, educational subsidies and more. Learn about the ongoing efforts for Artsakh at and Lebanon at

Donations will be recognized in our event booklet:

Benefactor $50,000
Visionary $25,000
Patron $10,000
Sponsor $5,000
Supporter $2,500
Friend $2,499-100

*Sponsorship levels above are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law – reduced by $500 per guest attendance for those present at the gala.