YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—Serj Tankian, Armenian musician and lead vocalist of System of a Down, will auction the guitar he used during the band’s “Wake Up The Souls” tour this year at the annual fundraising banquet for Orran, an Armenian non-governmental organization serving at-risk children and elderly.
Proceeds from the auction, taking place in Los Angeles on November 8, as well as part of the sales of T-shirts made for the band’s concert tour, will go to Orran’s operations in Vanadzor, Armenia’s third largest city that suffers from high unemployment and poverty rates.
The band agreed to give part of the sales of T-shirts made in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to Orran. One of the shirts features a painting by Tankian. The group raised nearly $4,500 for Orran in T-shirt sales.
“We are very fortunate to have the support of System Of A Down. Serj and Angela Tankian encouraged us to establish the soup kitchen in Vanadzor with a personal contribution two years ago. I am glad that other members of the band are now assisting us as well. It is truly admirable what the group has done all over the world in raising awareness for the Genocide and for helping those in need in our homeland,” said Armine Hovannisian, who with her husband Raffi Hovannisian, founded Orran in 2000.