Annual Brunch & Silent Auction to Benefit Disabled

GLENDALE–The Pyunic Annual Winter Brunch & Silent Auction benefiting programs for the disabled in Armenia–will take place on Sunday–February 27–11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Brandview Collection in Glendale–California.

Featuring brunch–live entertainment–and a silent auction–the event will raise funds to help programs for the disabled in Armenia–including the Early Intervention Program–a summer camp at Lake Sevan–computer workshops–and to train athletes for international competitions.

"There are over 100,000 disabled individuals in Armenia. This event will help us provided much needed services–training and equipment as well as create more public awareness," says Sarkis Ghazarian–president of Pyunic.

The silent auction will offer unique paintings–rugs–arts and crafts and jewelry made in Armenia–as well as art donated from Southern California artists Vahe Berberian–Anahid Boghosian–and Shahe Boyadjian. "I’m more than happy to be part of an event that empowers the disabled," said Boghosian–whose own father has been an amputee since the age of nine.

Pyunic will also be honoring two of its disabled athletes–Marin Hakobyan (paraplegic) and Greta Khndzrtsyan (double amputee)–competing in the 20th running of the Los Angeles City Marathon on Sunday–March 6–2005. Both athletes suffered injuries in the devastating 1988 earthquake in Armenia that left over 25,000 dead and hundreds of thousands injured and homeless.

Founded in 1989 to help the disabled children of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia–Pyunic is the leading non-governmental organization shaping public awareness for the disabled. Pyunic provides humanitarian aid–social services–career training and summer/winter teaching camps. Pyunic athletes have competed in numerous worldwide athletic competitions–including the Los Angeles Marathon and both summer and winter Paralympics since 1994.

Winter Brunch & Silent Auction will be held at the Brandview Collection–109 East Harvard Street–Glendale–California 91204. Tickets are $40.00. For reservations–please call Lorig Sivazlian at 818 517-1208.

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