CHAPTER ACTIVITY 2018

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NATIONAL

December 2018

SOAR National held their annual online auction

A special visit to Artsakh by Harry Nakashian, a friend of SOAR

November

A special visit to Artsakh by Harry Nakashian, a friend of SOAR

October

SOAR National held private showing of “They Shall Not Perish”

They Shall Not Perish private showing

SOAR National held Annual Football Eliminator Pool

Visit to Nubarashen

July

SOAR Executive Chairman, George S. Yacoubian Jr., Lou Mazzola of the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, and Gary Gregorian, SOAR Providence Chapter President, Ralph Rafaelian SOAR Providence Vice President, and Marine Ivanyan, SOAR Southeast Asia Chapter President,made a visit to Nubarashen

June

SOAR Executive Chairman, George S. Yacoubian Jr., Lou Mazzola of the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, and Gary Gregorian, SOAR Providence Chapter President, make the first visit to the new Warm Hearth – Arinj location

Warm Hearth-Arinj visit

May

I Can, Sports Without Limits was funded, by SOAR National, SOAR Chicago, SOAR Wisconsin, and the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund

GO HERE to see photos and videos of the participants preparing for the event.

March

SOAR Executive Board attends Philadelphia “Black and White Ball”

SOAR Executive Board attends Philadelphia "Black and White Ball"

SOAR National held annual March Madness NCAA pool

ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi is an internal administrative chapter assisting with purchasing

ALBUQUERQUE

SOAR Albuquerque participates in the Cultural Discovery Program and the Language Tutoring Program

SOAR Amman participates in the Cultural Discovery Program and the Language Tutoring Program

AMSTERDAM

SOAR Amsterdam participates in the Cultural Discovery Program 

ANCHORAGE

ANTWERP

SOAR Antwerp participates in the Female Empowerment Program

ATHENS

SOAR Athens participates in the Cultural Discovery Program 

ATLANTA

Atlanta bowling fundraiser

October

SOAR Atlanta held a bowling fundraiser and raffle raising more than $1,000!

BADHDAD

SOAR Baghdad participates in the Business Development Program

BALTIMORE

April

Completion of renovations of three bathrooms at Nubarashen that began last December, one funded by SOAR London, one by SOAR Baltimore and SOAR Washington DC, and one funded by SOAR Los Angeles

Completion of renovations of three bathrooms at Nubarashen that began last December, one funded by SOAR London, one by SOAR Baltimore and SOAR Washington DC, and one funded by SOAR Los Angeles

BARCELONA

SOAR Barcelona participates in the Cultural Discovery Program 

BERLIN

SOAR Berlin participates in the Female Empowerment Program

Berlin presenting to Vardashen

June

A session of the SOAR Female Empowerment Program run by Vardashen Boarding school. The training is conducted by the facility doctor Teteyan.
The program was developed by SOAR Berlin and SOS Children’s Village Idjevan.

SOAR Bismarck

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SOAR Bogota participates in the Cultural Discovery Program 

BOSTON

November

SOAR Boston hosted a fundraising event featuring Michael Aram at Bloomingdales

August

Boston held an online fundraiser

Completion!

April

Renovations in five rooms at Kharberd and new furniture for the pottery room funded by SOAR Boston

January

The elevator at Mari Izmirlyan in use that was completed in December of 2017, funded by SOAR Providence, SOAR Philadelphia, and SOAR Boston

The elevator at Mari Izmirlyan in use

BRUSSELS

BUDAPEST

SOAR Budapest participates in the Cultural Discovery Program 

BUENOS AIRES

BURLINGTON

SOAR Burlington participates in the Senior Program

SOAR Cadiz participates in the Language Tutoring Program

SOAR Cairo participates in the Language Tutoring Program (English)

CHARLOTTE

CHICAGO

September

Deana Bargamian and Susan Snavely of SOAR Chicago Chapter received awards from Cook County Treasuer, Maria Pappas, for their work in the Armenian community

Deana Bargamian and Susan Snavely of SOAR Chicago Chapter received awards from Cook County Treasuer, Maria Pappas, for their work in the Armenian community

August

Manning a table for SOAR Chicago at the last Armenian picnic of the year in Evanston, IL

May

SOAR Chicago held a Mother’s Day Brunch at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Oakbrook. They hope to make this an annual event as they were able to fund three complete annual Services to Children in Their Own Homes (SCOH)family sponsorships and ten complete annual child sponsorships to children at Our Lady of Armenia!

Chicago Mother's Day Brunch 2018

May

I Can, Sports Without Limits was funded, by SOAR National, SOAR Chicago, SOAR Wisconsin, and the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund

GO HERE to see photos and videos of the participants preparing for the event.

CLEVELAND

COLORADO

COLUMBUS

COPENHAGEN

SOAR Copenhagen participates in the Cultural Discovery Program 

CYPRUS

SOAR Cyprus participates in the Cultural Discovery Program 

SOAR Dallas School Supply Drive

August

SOAR Dallas held a “School Supply Drive”

A shipment of new clothes and shoes for Gyumri collected by SOAR Dallas

A shipment of new clothes and shoes for Gyumri collected by SOAR Dallas

DETROIT

Detroit oversees all aspects of the Volunteer Program

SOAR Doha participates in the Disability Early Warning System Program

SOAR Doha is an Internal Administrative Chapter overseeing medical requests and funding

SOAR Dubai participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

DUBLIN

EAST ASIA

SOAR East Asia participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

EINDHOVEN

SOAR Eindhoven participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

ESTONIA

SOAR Estonia participates in the Global Hosting Program and the Computer Science Program

FRANKFURT/BONN

SOAR Frankfurt/Bonn participates in the Language Tutoring Program

FRESNO

SOAR Fresno oversees the Global Hosting Program

GENEVA

GREENSBORO

SOAR Greensboro participates in the Cultural Discovery Program and the Global Hosting Program

HAMBURG

SOAR Hamburg participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

HARRISBURG

SOAR Harrisburg participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

HARTFORD

SOAR Hartford oversees the Disaster Assistance and Response Team

HELSINKI

SOAR Helsinki participates in the Cultural Discovery Program 

HOUSTON

SOAR Houston participates in the Disability Early Warning System Program

SOAR Idaho is an Internal Administrative Chapter overseeing social media

INLAND EMPIRE

SOAR Inland Empire participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

JACKSONVILLE

May

SOAR Jacksonville held a very successful BBQ!

Jacksonville BBQ Picnic
Jacksonville Health Expo

SOAR Jacksonville held “May the 4th Be With You – Health Expo” as their inaugural event to introduce their chapter to the community

JERUSALEM

JOHANNESBURG

SOAR Johannesburg participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

KANSAS CITY (MO)

SOAR Kansas City (Mo) participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

KENTUCKY

SOAR Kiev participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

KRAKOW

SOAR Krakow participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

LA CANADA

December

New heaters for OLA funded by SOAR Ventura County, SOAR La Cañada, and SOAR Phoenix

New heaters for OLA funded by SOAR Ventura County, SOAR La Cañada, and SOAR Phoenix
Vem and Noy visit Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage

July

Vem and Noy Chatoyan of SOAR La Cañada Junior chapter board made a visit to Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage. They were very touched and are willing to do even more to help as much as they can…They brought different toys and supplies to distribute to the SOAR kids and donated $200 to spend on the needs of the kids!

May

The children from CDSSC were able to go on an excursion thanks to the funding of a van by SOAR La Cañada

The children from CDSSC were able to go on an excursion thanks to the funding of a van by SOAR La Cañada

LAS VEGAS

SOAR Las Vegas participates in the Cultural Discovery Program and the Female Empowerment Program

SOAR Leeds participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

LISBON

SOAR Lisbon participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

LONDON

Pre-renovation of the infirmary at OLA Gyumri funded by SOAR London and SOAR San Diego

September

Pre-renovation of the infirmiry at OLA Gyumri funded by SOAR London and SOAR San Diego

April

A very successful “Quiz Night” with almost 100 participants raised well over $3,000!

London quiz night
London quiz night

Completion of renovations of three bathrooms at Nubarashen that began last December, one funded by SOAR London, one by SOAR Baltimore and SOAR Washington DC, and one funded by SOAR Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES

September

SOAR Los Angeles and SOAR Pasadena held “One Night in Havana”

SOAR LA and Pasadena held "One Night in Havana"
Completion of renovations of three bathrooms at Nubarashen that began last December, one funded by SOAR London, one by SOAR Baltimore and SOAR Washington DC, and one funded by SOAR Los Angeles

April

Completion of renovations of three bathrooms at Nubarashen that began last December, one funded by SOAR London, one by SOAR Baltimore and SOAR Washington DC, and one funded by SOAR Los Angeles

LUXEMBOURG

SOAR Luxembourg participates in the Language Tutoring Program (English)

SOAR Lyon participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

Malta participates in the Global Hosting Program

The trip to Malta through the Global Hosting Program!

MADRID

SOAR Madrid participates in the Computer Science Program, mentoring the children at Gyumri and Vanadzor

SOAR Madrid gave a presentation to the children at Orran

June

SOAR Madrid gave a presentation to the children at Orran

MARSEILLE

SOAR Marseille participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

MELBOURNE

MEXICO CITY

SOAR Mexico City participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SOAR Miami participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SOAR Milan participates in the Mentoring Program

MINNEAPOLIS

Minneapolis inaugural event

August

SOAR Minneapolis held a kick-off event to introduce SOAR and their chapter to the community

SOAR Minsk participates in the Language Tutoring Program (Russian)

MONTEBELLO

SOAR Montebello participated in the LA Big 5K

March

SOAR Montebello participated in the LA Big 5K on Saturday March 17, 2018. Board Members and volunteers ran and walked 3.2 miles throughout Elysian Park in Los Angeles.

October

SOAR  Montebello hosted their 2nd Annual Comedy Night

Montebello Comedy Night

MONTREAL

July

SOAR Montreal hosted a Classical Concert

May

Grand opening of the gymnasium at Vardashen that began last April. It was funded by SOAR Montreal, the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, and The Albert Tamberchi Foundation

MOSCOW

Underwear, socks, and pajamas for Nansen kids from SOAR Moscow chapter

March

Underwear, socks, and pajamas for Nansen kids from SOAR Moscow chapter

January

Winter coats, warm blankets and a kitchen stove for the children at Orphanage of Fridtjof Nansen funded by SOAR Moscow

Winter coats, warm blankets and a kitchen stove for the children at Orphanage of Fridtjof Nansen funded by SOAR Moscow

MUNICH

SOAR Munich participates in the Computer Science Program

NAPLES

NEW DELHI

SOAR New Delhi participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

NEW JERSEY

NEW ORLEANS

SOAR New Orleans participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

NEW YORK

November

SOAR New York held a “Holiday Fundraiser Cocktail”

New York Holiday Fundraiser Cocktail

Repairs at Gavar Orphanage funded by SOAR New York

May

SOAR New York held a Spring Soiree

A new computer lab for Community Development and Social Suport Center funded by SOAR New York

March

A new computer lab for Community Development and Social Suport Center funded by SOAR New York

NOTTINGHAM

SOAR Nottingham participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

ODESSA

SOAR Odessa participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

ORANGE COUNTY

July

The SOAR Orange County Chapter kicked off the season with their first fundraising event on Thursday July 12 at the exquisite EnVy lounge in Newport Beach. With nearly one hundred guests in attendance, the Board had a very successful first event and raised close to $2500! Guests mingled and nibbled on appetizers and enjoyed cocktails all while vying for raffle prices and supporting a great cause.

Orange County fundraiser

OXBRIDGE

SOAR Oxbridge participates in the Financial Planning Program

PANAMA

PHILADELPHIA METRO

New Van!

August

SOAR Philadelphia purchased a much needed new van for Birds’ Nest Orphanage.

An award dinner for Lena Bardakjian who was chosen as the SOAR Junior Volunteer of the Year for 2017 for her pilot project, “Yes OO Tu//You and Me”. The project was established to promote a sense of individuality in Armenian youth.

Lena is a board member of the SOAR Phildelphia Junior chapter.

Award ceremony for Lena
Gas installation at Mer Hooys funded by SOAR Philadelphia

April

Gas installation at Mer Hooys funded by SOAR Philadelphia

March

SOAR Philadelphia’s Black and White Ball

PHOENIX

December

New heaters for OLA funded by SOAR Ventura County, SOAR La Cañada, and SOAR Phoenix

New heaters for OLA funded by SOAR Ventura County, SOAR La Cañada, and SOAR Phoenix

November

September

We at SOAR “Phoenix chapter” held our first annual golf tournament at the Orange Tree Resort in Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona, Saturday September 22 2018.

The event was a major success and the entire golf committee and the Phoenix chapter’s board committee would like to thank the Golfers, our sponsors, donors, and all “SOAR Phoenix Chapter” friends who supported us early on.

When we were skeptical that we wouldn’t have enough time to pull this event off, they believed in us, supported and encouraged us, and showed up to the event with their full enthusiasm to raise funds to help Orphaned Armenian children around the world. We had about 70 attendees of which 60 of them were golfers. Lots of prizes were given including Large screen TV, Golf Bags, gift certificates to several restaurants, Rounds of Golf, AZ Opera Tickets, AZ Diamondback Baseball Tickets, and many more.

Thanks for your continued support and see you at our second annual golf tourney in 2019.

Phoenix Golf Tourney
Phoenix visit to Armenia

May

Berj Dikranian one of the SOAR-Phoenix Chapter executive board members visited Armenia and was able to check out a few of the facilities SOAR supports.

SOAR Pisa participates in the Disability Early Warning System Program

PITTSBURGH

SOAR Pittsburgh participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

PORTLAND (ME)

SOAR Portland (ME) participates in the Female Empowerment Program

PORTLAND (OR)

SOAR Portland (OR) participates in the Pen Pal Program

PRAGUE

SOAR Prague oversees blogging

PROVIDENCE

Mkrtchyan sisters new apartment

September

The Mkrtchyan sisters moved to their new apartment on September 1st, thanks to SOAR Providence!

Gary Grigoryan, SOAR Providence Chapter President, visited Orran, met the Mkrtchyan sisters, bringing them much needed clothing. They went for shopping with the children, buying them boots and shoes as well as clothing for the other Orran children! They then visited the Mkrchyan sisters’ current place of living to determine the best solution for their future living situation.

 

He also made visits to Warm Hearth-Arinj and Nubarashen.

SOAR Providence held a BBQ raising $800 earmarked to help the Mkrtchyan family

SOAR Riga participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SOAR Rome participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SOAR Rome chapter gave a presentation to the children at Orran

April

Krikor and Arpine of SOAR Rome chapter gave a presentation to the children at Orran

ROTTERDAM

SOAR Rotterdam participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SACRAMENTO

ST LOUIS

St Louis Raffle

April

Held raffle for vacation packages

SAINT PETERSBURG

SOAR Saint Petersburg participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SALT LAKE CITY

Talar Herculian-Coursey ran in the Salt Lake City Half Marathon raising OVER $20,000 for the orphanges in Syria and Lebanon

April

Talar Herculian-Coursey ran in the Salt Lake City Half Marathon raising OVER $15,000 for the orphanages in Syria and Lebanon!

June

A dedication ceremony/lunch for the new bedrooms and furniture at Cardinal Aghajanian Orphange, funded by SOAR Salt Lake City in memory of Mardiros Herculian, the father of Salt Lake City’s chapter president, Talar Herculian Coursey

Dedication ceremony at CAO

SOAR Salt Lake City is an Internal Administrative Chapter assisting in legal matters

SALZBURG

SOAR Salzburg participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SAN ANTONIO/AUSTIN

SAN DIEGO

September

Pre-renovation of the infirmary at OLA Gyumri funded by SOAR London and SOAR San Diego

Pre-renovation of the infirmary at OLA Gyumri funded by SOAR London and SOAR San Diego
San Diego event

July

The San Diego Chapter of Society of Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR)
Restates its Presence in the Community with an Introductory Event

Only a few months ago, in early 2018, a group of diverse Armenian professionals from San Diego came together as a board to raise awareness and provide humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children throughout the world. The group quickly assembled, anchored by SOAR’s aim to provide this underprivileged population with the tools necessary to become accomplished, educated, and self-supporting Armenians. Thus, after a few months of planning, on July 14, 2018 the San Diego Chapter introduced SOAR to the community through an introductory event at a local restaurant. SOAR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children. Working with a loyal donor base and a trusted network of partners, SOAR distributes clothing, educational supplies, medicine, and other essential resources to orphaned Armenian children throughout the world. Specifically, SOAR supports orphaned Armenians in Armenia, Artsakh, Javakh (Georgia), Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. It stays in regular contact with the on-site directors and maintains an updated list of needs.

This event brought together Southern California Armenians from diverse backgrounds and varying degrees of knowledge about SOAR. The San Diego chapter president, Christina Mnatzaganian, introduced the vision and mission of SOAR as well the San Diego chapter board members to the community through a presentation which provoked insightful conversations.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to help renovate the infirmary at Our Lady of Armenia Center, a private orphanage in Gyumri that houses approximately 45 girls between the ages of 6 and 18 and hundreds of children through its summer camp.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

August

New air conditioners for Mer Doon funded by SOAR San Francisco Bay

New air conditioners for Mer Doon funded by SOAR San Francisco Bay

SANTIAGO

SOAR Santiago participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SAO PAULO

SOAR São Paulo participates in the Cultural Discovery Program and the Global Hosting Program

SEATTLE

SOAR Sofia participates in the Global Hosting Program

SOUTHEAST ASIA

SOAR Southeast Asia participates in the Global Hosting Program

STOCKHOLM

SOAR Stockholm participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

SYDNEY

SYRACUSE

October

SOAR Syracuse held a luncheon/bingo fundraiser

TEHRAN

SOAR Tehran participates in the Language Tutoring Program

TENNESSEE

THESSALONIKI

SOAR Thessaloniki participates in the Cultural Discovery Program and the Global Hosting Program

TORONTO

VANCOUVER

SOAR Vancouver participates in the Disability Early Warning System Program

VENTURA COUNTY

VIENNA

SOAR Vienna participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

WARSAW

SOAR Warsaw participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

WASHINGTON DC METRO

SOAR Washington DC Metro participates in the Cultural Discovery Program

WISCONSIN

June

SOAR Wisconsin held their annual Golf Outing and Gourmet Dinner

Pictures coming soon!

ZURICH