ARF Montebello Dro Gomideh Raises $101,000 for ‘With Artsakh’ Campaign

ARF Dro Gomideh leaders and members with benefactor Mike Sarian (center) during Saturday's "With Artsakh" fundraiser
ARF Dro Gomideh leaders and members with benefactor Mike Sarian (center) during Saturday's "With Artsakh" fundraiser

ARF Dro Gomideh leaders and members with benefactor Mike Sarian (center) during Saturday’s “With Artsakh” fundraiser

MONTEBELLO—The local ARF Dashnaktsutiun Dro Gomideh on Saturday organized a special fund-raising event, during which $101,000 was collected for the “With Artsakh” campaign, in a festive environment that further amplified the community’s solidarity with the people and soldiers of Artsakh.

“The Dro Gomideh dedicated its annual fund-raising event to Artsakh. Thus the entire proceeds from the event will go toward the rebuilding of towns and villages impacted by last April’s four-day war, as well as to the families of fallen soldiers,” said ARF Dro Gomideh chairperson Sarkis Nourian.

During the event, the ARF Dro Gomideh honored community benefactor Mike Sarian who for years has quietly donated one million dollars worth of medical equipment and supplies to Armenia and Artsakh.

Since Azerbaijan launched its savage attack on its borders with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on April, the ARF Dashnaktsutiun Western US Central Committee joined its counterparts on the Eastern Region in declaring its solidarity with the people and Armed Forces of Artsakh and through its local chapters has raised funds and gathered supplies for the people of Artsakh.

Working closely with people on the ground, the Central Committee has been assessing needs and capacity in order to advance relief efforts to Artsakh, by focusing on assisting efforts to rebuild the impacted villages and towns, especially in Talish, Mardakert and Madaghis.

Last month, the ARF Dashnaktsutiun Western US Central Committee issued an announcement calling on the community to join its fund-raising and rebuilding efforts through the ACF “With Artsakh” and the Armenian Youth Federation’s “With Our Soldiers” campaign. The latter has already sent medical supplies and other necessities to Artsakh.

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