Pasadena Wine-Tasting Event Benefits ABMDR Mission

The event was attended by close to 300 supporters. (Photo: Raphael Maglonzo)
The event was attended by close to 300 supporters. (Photo: Raphael Maglonzo)

The event was attended by close to 300 supporters. (Photo: Raphael Maglonzo)

PASADENA—On July 8, close to 300 enthusiastic supporters attended the Sixth Annual Wine and Food Affair of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) in Pasadena, California. The elegant benefit event, held at Rusnak Auto Group’s Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Maserati showrooms, was hosted by Vicken and Salpi Mankerian of Mission Wine and Spirits, and Rusnak Auto Group’s Liz Rusnak Arizmendi and Andrew Arizmendi.

The Wine and Food Affair delighted guests with an array of vintage and varietals from over 30 wineries, as well as culinary creations provided by a number of sponsoring restaurants including Sushi Roku, Café Santorini, Bourbon Steak House, Porto’s Bakery, and Crepes with Michael. Moreover, guests were provided with a cigar lounge onsite, where they enjoyed fine cigars and brandies.

Throughout the evening, as attendees strolled among the showrooms’ magnificent car collection, they also participated in a silent auction and a wine grab between tastes, to the upbeat sounds spun by a DJ.

“It was an enchanting, unforgettable event, as our supporters relished wonderful wine and food while supporting our life-saving mission,” ABMDR president Dr. Frieda Jordan said.

AMBDR Board Members and supports (Photo: Raphael Maglonzo)

AMBDR Board Members and supports (Photo: Raphael Maglonzo)

In her remarks during the event, Dr. Jordan thanked the attendees and spoke of the vitally important projects and programs which stand to benefit from their support. Dr. Jordan also conveyed her gratitude to the organizers and sponsors of the event, including, in particular, longtime ABMDR supporters Vicken and Salpi Mankerian, who have hosted the organization’s annual wine-tasting event for the past six years. Subsequently, Dr. Jordan presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, in recognition of her instrumental role in the success of the event.

The Sixth Annual Wine and Food Affair was sponsored by the Huntington Group, Le Papillon by Naz, and Twisted by Vahe, with additional donations from Grey Goose.

About Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry
Established in 1999, ABMDR, a nonprofit organization, helps Armenians and non-Armenians worldwide survive life-threatening blood-related illnesses by recruiting and matching donors to those requiring bone marrow stem cell transplants. To date, the registry has recruited over 28,000 donors in 28 countries across four continents, identified over 3,500 patients, and facilitated 26 bone marrow transplants. For more information, call (323) 663-3609 or visit


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