BY SAREEN SHATIKIAN
LA CRESCENTA, Calif.—The La Crescenta Armenian Youth center was bustling with the sound of AYF Juniors and their parents working hard on Sunday, Oct. 5, as they prepared for a fundraiser brunch that aimed to raise money for people in Armenia. The Crescenta Valley AYF Juniors “Karekin Njdeh” Chapter members and their parents all donated their time to preparing for the event. The parents worked in the kitchen, preparing all the foods that would be served, as their children set up the center.
Within two hours, the Chapter was done setting up and cooking and opened the doors to their hungry friends and family member who came to support the event.
The guests had many options: muffins, pancakes, waffles with Nutella and whipped cream, juices, coffee, and tea; and of course, there were many Armenian foods for the traditional Armenian breakfast lovers. One of the parents even spent the entire morning cooking omelets in a personalized omelet bar that everyone enjoyed.
In addition to a wonderful variety of foods, the guests could also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a few prizes that were donated by some of the chapter members’ parents. Several people won pomegranate figurines, along with gift cards to various local businesses.
“This is the third major fundraising event that our chapter did,” said chapter chairperson Hripsik Shatikian. “Our little badanees should feel very proud of themselves because they well understood their mission as ARF badenagan organization members. So far the badanees have contributed almost $10,000 to Armenia.”
“I love being able to do these fundraisers with my friends from AYF Juniors,” said chapter member Laris Biageyian. “It’s not only a great event that brings members of the community together, but it also benefits Armenians who are still living in the fatherland.”
The brunch raised over $1000 that day. The chapter is looking for a charity that will use the money to help create jobs for Armenians living in Armenia. “It’s very important for people in Armenia to have jobs,” said chapter member John Bandek. “Too many people are leaving the country to find work, and it’s the diaspora’s responsibility to help support the economy as much as possible.”
In the end, everybody had a great time. It was a wonderful community event that brought together great people and great food and all the money raised is going to be used for a beneficial cause in Armenia.