THE HAROLD AND JOSEPHINE GULAMERIAN ARMENIAN ORPHAN FUND

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Originally from Van (Armenia), Harold Gulamerian was born to immigrant parents in 1924. Harold joined the army in 1943, and, after the war, went to City College to get a degree in science and business administration and then a law degree. When Norman, Harold’s brother, got home from the service, he apprenticed himself to artist Frederick Taubes (1900-1981). He primed his canvases and ground his paint. Norman, an artist himself, was having trouble finding unprimed linen. Harold suggested they import it from Belgium. That was the start of Utrecht Art Supply. 

Harold and Norman sold their Belgian linen out of their basement in Brooklyn. The two brothers dedicated themselves to supplying artists with the “highest quality art materials and supplies for the best value.” In 1951, they rented an office at 119 West 57th Street. The Gulamerian brothers’ artist supply business grew quickly. In 1957, they developed their revolutionary acrylic gesso for priming artist canvas. In 1958, they rented factory space at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn. By the end of the early 1960s, they had expanded the Utrecht line to include professional-grade artist oil paints, acrylics, and watercolor supplies, sold at manufacturer-direct prices. In 1968, they opened their first retail store at 32 Third Avenue in New York City. They then opened locations in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, Berkeley, and San Francisco. By the time they sold their business in 1997, they had grown from a small space in Bush terminal to 50,000 square feet and an additional 50,000 square feet of retail space. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold and Josephine Gulamerian visited Armenia in 1998 at the invitation of Catholicos Karekin I. The Gulamerians were very moved by this visit, especially by the orphaned children they met. The Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned Armenians throughout the world.

The Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, through a cooperative agreement with SOAR, provides support to the orphanages and orphan summer camps in Armenia, Artsakh, Javakh, Lebanon, and Syria.

Every year the Gulamerian Fund sponsors a retreat for the girls at Mer Hooys and Mer Doon. GO HERE to see pictures, videos, hear songs, and more from these retreats.

See GAOF funded projects from 2018 and 2019 below. Visit their website to see all funded projects.

2019

October

A new microwave and freezer for OLA Kanaker funded by the Gulamerian Fund

OLA Kanaker microwave and freezer
Garden for Warm Hearth

A garden for Warm Hearth funded by the Gulamerian Fund and SOAR San Diego

September

Karine Antanosyan’s tuition payments to Yerevan State University was paid by The Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund

July

Sisters of Charity Garden Project

Garden Project at Sisters of Charity funded by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund

June

The Global Hosting Program goes to Thessaloniki in 2019, funded by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund.

Go HERE to see daily updates.

March

A new changing room at the Kharberd hippotherapy arena funded by SOAR and the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund

2018

October

Pre renovation on the 2nd and 3rd floors at Nubarashen funded by SOAR, The Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, and the Albert Tamberchi Foundation

Pre renovation on the 2nd and 3rd floors at Nubarashen funded by SOAR and The Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund

July

Javakh summer camp, funding from the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund

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

 

 

 

Opening ceremony of the new gymnasium, kitchen, and dance room at Vardashen

May

Completion 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

Completion 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

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.

February

Plaques were placed on the food storage building at Idjevan that were contructed last year funded by SOAR and the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Fund

Plaques were placed on the food storage building at Idjevan that were contructed last year funded by SOAR and the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Fund