AEF Supporters Raise $140,000 for New School in Armenia

Armen & Silva Golnazarians (left) with Melody Petrossian, 2014 Fundraising Chair, and Al Cabraloff, AEF President

GLENDALE—The Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF) held its Donor Appreciation Dinner on September 7 at the home of Armen and Silva Golnazarians. This year, the funds raised will be used to construct a new school in Arevadasht Village in the Armavir Region of Armenia. Arevadasht is near the Turkish border and is located a few kilometers from Sardarabad.

AEF President, Al Cabraloff, opened the evening by thanking the Golnazarians and those present for their generosity and support. Cabraloff gave a brief update report on AEF. Some of the highlights included the completion of over 200 school renovation projects, most recently village schools in Darbas, (Lori Region), Nngi,( Artsakh) and Issakyan (Shirag Region). Cabraloff also recognized Neshan Peroomian, Armenia Projects Chair, for his hard work and effort in successfully leading AEF’s school renovation projects for the last 15 years.

Peter Baghdassarian, AEF Board member, presented a short overview of the Arevadasht School and its current deplorable and unhealthy condition. An emotional video, produced by Christina Shakarian, showed the heart wrenching conditions the students of Arevadasht School currently attend classes in, and how important the new school will be for the students and staff.

In addition, George Jorjorian was honored for his steadfast support of AEF and the education of students in Armenia, Artsakh, and Anjar, and for establishing a $250,000 endowment fund to provide full tuition scholarships to 24 students graduating from high schools in Gumri, Alaverdi, Spitak, Etchmiadsin, Dilijan, and Stepanakert.

In closing, Melody Petrossian thanked the Golnazarians for opening their home for this event. She also thanked the fundraising committee for their hard work and all the donors for their part in the success of the evening.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact the AEF office at (818) 242-4154 or email


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