Friday, October 22, 2010

ATP energizes crowd during NYC reception at Studio 580 gallery…

Several friends of the Armenia Tree Project put together a New York City cocktail reception and silent auction for the organization at Studio 580 on Eighth Avenue. The program was led by Forbes columnist Vahan Janjigian and included remarks by board member Nancy Kricorian. ATP is currently raising funds to meet the Global ReLeaf Challenge as part of its partnership with American Forests.

Pictured here with gallery owner Serge Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, and ATP benefactor Jean-Marie Atamian

Pictured here with Alexis Ohanian (center) and event organizers James Norian, Margarita Melikjanian, and Lisa Vahradian

A crowd of more than 100 friends turned out for the event, including musicians, painters, filmmakers, legal advocates, and leaders from the non-profit and business community. As with most ATP events, the evening was full of energy as young and older supporters mingled and bid on auction items.

More than 35 items were donated for the benefit auction including a private piano lesson at the Manhattan School of Music, signed photographs by Hawk Khatcherian, Garo Lachinian, Serj Tankian and items from businesses with Armenian roots such as Michael Aram, John Derian, Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, and Harvest Song. The event was covered by Voice of America for television broadcast in Armenia.

A few more photos from the ATP reception are available here.

Update: Honored guest Vartan Gregorian has selected ATP to share the stipend from the Henry Crown Leadership Award, which he received from the Aspen Institute. The award honors outstanding leaders whose achievements reflect high standards of honor, integrity, industry, and philanthropy. A conversation with Christiane Amanpour from the awards ceremony is available here.