Celebrities Come Out in Force to Support Village Children
NEW YORK — The year ended in a positive atmosphere for the children of Armenian Fund as $1.4 million was raised at a gala in New York.
The annual Holiday Gala held on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s, The Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. More than 300 attendees came out in support of the organization, which “has been doing a great job in belong children in Armenia,” said an attendee.
For the fifth year in a row, Emmy and Tony award winning star of stage and screen, Andrea Martin was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. Multiple Tony and Emmy Award Nominee Victor Garber was honored with 2011 COAF Humanitarian Award.
The gala featured a number of musical performances by children of COAF sponsored villages in Armenia. In addition, Tony award winner, Christine Ebersole performed two songs closing the program with her rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
The COAF Humanitarian Award was created to recognize individuals doing outstanding work in advocacy and awareness outside of the organization. This year’s recipient Victor Garber, was chosen for his work in raising awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease and Juvenile Diabetes. Garber’s longtime friend and colleague, Tony award winner Matthew Broderick presented him with the award.
In addition to evening’s performers and the presenters, the gala featured a long list of celebrity attendees including Twilight’s Angela Sarafyan, the Food Networ’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Logo’s Robert Verdi, and producer and director, David Alexanian.
A charity auction conducted by Sotheby’s celebrity auctioneer C. Hugh Hildelsey was held to raise money for the renovation of a school in the Armenian village of Karakert.
Last year’s auction raised money for the renovation of a school in the village of Myasnikyan. With the financial backing of supporters at the 2010 gala, the Children of Armenia fund was able to complete renovations of the school in Myasnikyan in fewer that nine months.
COAF was founded by Dr. Garo H. Armen in 2000. The organization directly funds, implements, and oversees its programs with a support staff in the ground in Armenia. To date, COAF has raised more than $14 million and currently operates in 12 rural villages. The organization has no political affiliation.