March 20, 2017
On February 4, the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York (YPGNY) held its 16th annual Silent Auction & Cocktail Party at The Redbury in New York. The event raised $50,000 for the AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund for Syrian Armenians and drew 200 young professionals from throughout the tristate area as well as members of the AGBU Central Board. The event was sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Manhattan Beer Distributors and Liquor Land.
Throughout the evening, guests listened to music by Greg “DJ GLO” Stepanian and enjoyed bidding on a wide array of gifts, luxury items, and services donated by leading businesses and generous individuals in the fields of fine art, fashion, sports, dining, and entertainment. These included items from Valentino, Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Vartan Geudelekian, Gregg Emery, and many others.
“The support of the non-Armenian community is what truly allowed us to make this year’s event so successful. Being able to connect with them on a human level and bringing them on board to further such an important cause made all the difference. 2017 marked the fourth consecutive year that YPGNY has donated the auction proceeds to the AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund for Syrian Armenians. The need today is greater than it has ever been and continues to grow more and more each day. This year’s event raised $15,000 more than last year, and as the need continues to grow, we strive to increase the amount raised each year,” said YPGNY chairman William Nazarian.
Together with the 2017 proceeds, YPGNY has raised over $125,000 for Syrian Armenians in need over the last four years. In past years, the YPGNY Silent Auction & Cocktail Party has raised funds for the AGBU Children’s Centers in Armenia and the AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund for Iraqi Armenians.
To learn more about YPGNY, visit www.ypgny.agbuyp.org
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.