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March


Held Annual March Madness Pool




Held auction of an original Steve Hardy watercolor



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Alaska

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Upcoming event May 20-21, 2017


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Baltimore

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January


New wardrobes for Cardinal Aghajanian Orphanage funded by SOAR Baltimore
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Boston

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March


Beginning of a new greenhouse at Children's Home Gyumri funded by SOAR Boston
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Fresno

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March 2017


SOAR Fresno chapter members visited bringing 200 packages of gifts for the children


A visit to Zadik


And to Ijevan


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La Cañada

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Upcoming event September 16, 2017





March


Beginning of renovations of the 2nd floor at Our Lady of Armenia Center funded by SOAR Ventura County and SOAR La Cañada




January


Arrival of the sea container of essential goods and humanitarian relief items to OLA orphanage in Gyumri from SOAR La Cañada
that was shipped October 2016.
The container is valued at over $140,000!

Diapers were included with the shipment.


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Miami

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January


SOAR Miami's first board meeting of the year with new members
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Montebello

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March 2017


The SOAR Montebello chapter hosted an Armenian Comedy Benefit Show with featured guests Ara Basil, Mary Basmadjian and Michael Passion. This was the chapter's very first big event, and they had such an amazing turnout of guests A full course dinner was provided thanks to Golden Skewer restaurant in Montebello. Pastries were provided by Vrej Pastry and Amys Pastry. Beautiful table center pieces were donated from Amore Dolce Flowers in Montebello, and stage equipment was provided by Peter Papazian. Guests enjoyed a night filled with delicious foods and laughter. The Montebello board is thrilled with the turnout of the event, and hope to make this an annual event.


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Montreal

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April


Pre renovation for a gymnasium at Vardashen funded by SOAR Montreal and the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund
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New Jersey

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Upcoming event May 14, 2017


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Phoenix

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February 2017


Diapers for Mari Izmirlyan thanks to SOAR Phoenix
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Salt Lake City

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April 22, 2017


On April 22, Talar Herculian Coursey, SOAR Salt Lake City chapter president, ran in the Salt Lake City Half Marathon in honor of her father and raising $10,000 for Armenian orphans in Syria and Lebanon through SOAR.

Her father, Mardig Herculian, was from Anjar, Lebanon and died there unexpectedly in 2006 at age 67. He still had so much life left in him, even on his deathbed, but since the country was in the middle of a war, there was no medical care available nor does Talar's family have a cause of death. Talar is forever grateful that she was at his bedside during his final moments in Anjar because it wasn't easy to get there. In less than a day, she had to find tickets to Damascus, without a Visa and get across the bombed border to Lebanon, to get to her father. But with God's grace and determination, Talar made it there with her mom and brother so that her father would not die alone.


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Seattle

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January


Grand opening of the family cottage at Dzorak Care Center
Press Release

On January 25, 2017
The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) participated in a dedication celebration of the "Reunification cottage" for the Dzorak facility. Reunification Cottage Funded by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR)-Wisconsin and Seattle Chapters

Being isolated from their biological families it is utmost important for the residents to have their meetings withe their family, relatives in a home like environment. The Cottage is equipped with all necessary accommodation, small kitchen, bathroom, living room and furniture. We hope to achieve similar success in further collaboration.
Grand_opening_Dzorak_family_reunification_cottage

GO HERE to see progress from the beginning




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Ventura County

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Upcoming event May 7, 2017





March


Beginning of renovations of the 2nd floor at Our Lady of Armenia Center funded by SOAR Ventura County and SOAR La Cañada




Beginning of bathroom renovation at Frijdtof Nansen funded by SOAR Ventura County

Under way!


Completion





January


New wardrobes for Cardinal Aghajanian Orphanage funded by SOAR Baltimore and SOAR Ventura County
New wardrobes_CAO_SOAR_Baltimore


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Wisconsin

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April


This is where a new garage at Our Lady of Armenia Center is going to be built...funded by SOAR Wisconsin




January


Grand opening of the family cottage at Dzorak Care Center
Press Release

On January 25, 2017
The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) participated in a dedication celebration of the "Reunification cottage" for the Dzorak facility. Reunification Cottage Funded by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR)-Wisconsin and Seattle Chapters

Being isolated from their biological families it is utmost important for the residents to have their meetings withe their family, relatives in a home like environment. The Cottage is equipped with all necessary accommodation, small kitchen, bathroom, living room and furniture. We hope to achieve similar success in further collaboration.
Grand_opening_Dzorak_family_reunification_cottage

GO HERE to see progress from the beginning




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Zurich

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March 2017


SOAR Zurich held a very successful event "Spring 2017 Apéro Riche". There were about 30 guests that enjoyed good food and ancient Armenian violin music while supporting SOAR.
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