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Registration open for SOAR Annual NFL Eliminator Pool


It is too early to make picks, but registration is open!

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Upcoming event September 23, 2017





March


Held Annual March Madness Pool




Held auction of an original Steve Hardy watercolor



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Austria

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April


As part of the Vocational Training supported by SOAR Austria the children from Zadik attend cooking courses at
Ararat Hall Restaurant under the leadership of Sedrak Mamulyan
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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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July


Preparatory work is under way for elevators at Mari Izmirlyan being funded by SOAR Providence, SOAR Philadelphia Metro, and SOAR Boston
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Work is under way!
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More Progress!
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June


Children of Children's Home Gyumri had an exciting visit with SOAR Boston chapter member Margaret Ajemian Ahnert who is the Author of the book "The Knock At The Door". She is a supporter of the construction of the Green House being constructed there.










March


Beginning of a new greenhouse at Children's Home Gyumri funded by SOAR Boston
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Underway!
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Continued work!
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Almost there!


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Brussels

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July


Thanks to SOAR Brussels, 20 participants from Vanadzor Orphanage, Orran Day Care, and Gyumri Social Childcare Center were able to participate in the international Festival of Bard Songs “Sail of Hope 2017” which took place on one of the most beautiful coasts of Lake Sevan.

The children were really excited to meet many well known Armenian Bard Singers including Ruben Hakhverdyan and Armine Hayrapetyan, as well as being showered with attention from the festival organizers. They were able to go swimming in Lake Sevan which was exciting for many of the children who had never been there before.
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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





July


Pre-renovation of work at Warm Hearth funded by SOAR-La Cañada and SOAR-Wisconsin
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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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May 2017


SOAR Montebello participated in the annual Armenian Food Fair and Festival at the Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral on May 20th. With help from some of our youngest volunteers, who call themselves The Bracelet Squad, the board members were able to make and sell handmade beaded bracelets. This is the second time that the Montebello chapter has participated in the Food Festival, and are happy to say that it was a successful event.
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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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July


CFFA and SOAR Montreal present the film "Unusual Flight"-Trip of the Artsakh Children in Armenia




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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Moscow

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Upcoming event September 3, 2017


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New York

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June 2017


John Murachanian, SOAR New York chapter member, visited Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage and organized a party for the children there
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May 2017



SOAR New York held a very successful Fundraising Brunch
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Philadelphia Metro

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July


Preparatory work is under way for elevators at Mari Izmirlyan being funded by SOAR Providence, SOAR Philadelphia Metro, and SOAR Boston
Elevator_project_Mari_Izmirlyan
Work is under way!
Mari_Izmirlyan_Orphanage_Elevator_Under_Way
More Progress!
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Phoenix

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February 2017


Diapers for Mari Izmirlyan thanks to SOAR Phoenix
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Providence

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July


Preparatory work is under way for elevators at Mari Izmirlyan being funded by SOAR Providence, SOAR Philadelphia Metro, and SOAR Boston
Elevator_project_Mari_Izmirlyan
Work is under way!
Mari_Izmirlyan_Orphanage_Elevator_Under_Way
More Progress!
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Mari_Izmirlyan_elevator_Progress




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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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May 2017


On May 7th, 2017 SOAR Ventura County chapter, celebrated Mother's Day with their honored guests, family, friends and long time supporters, Mother Arousiag Sajonian was the guest of honor, international film producer, journalist and anchor Carla Garpedian speaker, performers; famous conductor, Greg Hosharian, world renowned violinist, Yelena Yegoryan and superstar tenor and singer, Arthur Hakobyan (Mister X) , Hollywood celebrity and beloved actor, Jim Caviezel!!! Thank you all for making our Mother's Day celebration unforgettable and so special! We are eternally grateful for supporting our efforts!!! Special thanks to our amazing board members, volunteers and junior chapter for their devotion to our mission and efforts of helping Armenian children and elderly.




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
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Wisconsin

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July


Pre-renovation of work at Warm Hearth funded by SOAR-La Cañada and SOAR-Wisconsin
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June




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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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