• AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York (YPGNY) Steering Committee at the annual Silent Auction & Cocktail Party.

  • YPGNY vice chairwoman Lisa Hagopian and chairman William Nazarian.

  • Guests select from a variety of items to bid on in support of the AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund.

March 24, 2015 | Press Releases

AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York Raises $21,000 for AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund

Silent auction held in support of Syrian and Iraqi Armenian communities

The AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York (YPGNY) kicked off 2015 with its 14th annual Silent Auction & Cocktail Party at 121 Fulton Street in New York. The event raised $21,000 for AGBU’s Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund in support of the Syrian and Iraqi Armenian communities and drew 225 young professionals from throughout the tristate area. It also attracted its first event sponsors: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 90+ Cellars and Harvest Bistro.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed music by Greg “DJ GLO” Stepanian and bid on a wide array of gifts, luxury items and services donated by leading businesses and generous individuals in the fields of fashion, sports, dining and entertainment. These included items from Michael Aram, Equinox, Khirma Eliazov, Henri Bendel and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, among many others.

“I’m very proud to have had a hand in organizing this year’s silent auction. The committee came together so well and the event went off without a hitch. We are raising money for such a good cause that I’m glad so many young professionals came out to lend their support,” says YPGNY vice chairwoman Lisa Hagopian.

2015 was the second year the YPGNY committee chose to hold the annual Silent Auction & Cocktail Party in support of the AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund. Together with YPGNY’s 2014 proceeds, YPGNY has raised $41,000 for Syrian and Iraqi Armenian communities in need. In past years, the event has raised money for the AGBU Children’s Centers in Armenia.

To learn more about YPGNY, visit www.ypgny.org.

The AGBU Young Professionals is a growing network of groups and supporters around the world who are committed to preserving and promoting the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs for young Armenians between the ages of 22 to 40. For more information, visit www.agbu.org/yp.

Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world's largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 500,000 Armenians around the world.

For more information about AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit www.agbu.org

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