Pyunic to Host 3rd Annual Kef Night: Proceeds to benefit programs for disabled children in Armenia

GLENDALE–Featuring live music–dancing–food–and a silent auction–Pyunic–the Association for the disabled in Armenia–will host its annual fundraising event–"Kef Night," on Saturday–October 29 at the Homenetmen Ararat Chapter Hall.

The evening will feature non-stop dancing to the live music of the renowned John Bilezikjian Band as well as delicious appetizers donated by Madre’s–La Luna Negra–and Caf Santorini restauran’s in Pasadena and Carousel and Anoush restauran’s in Glendale.

Guest can also place bids on unique silent auction items including paintings–rugs–jewelry–and gifts made in Armenia.

Several Pyunic programs will benefit from "Kef Night" including the Summer Camp at Lake Sevan–the Early Intervention Program for developmentally disabled children (aged 0-12)–educational opportunities–micro-loan business development–wheelchair repair service–advocacy for disabled rights–and the training of disabled athletes for international competition including the upcoming winter Olympics in Italy.

Founded in 1989 to help the children left disabled of the devastating 1988 earthquake in the Republic of Armenia–Pyunic has become the leading non-governmental organization assisting individuals with physical and psychological challenges–as well as promoting welfare and assistance in shaping public awareness for the disabled. Pyunic provides humanitarian aid–social services–career training and annual summer and winter teaching camps for children with disabilities.

Kef Night will be held at the Baghdasarian-Shahinian Banquet Hall located in the Glendale Homenetmen Ararat Chapter at 3347 North San Fernando in Los Angeles. Tickets are $40.

To learn more about Pyunic and its programs–please call Sarkis Ghazarian at (818)785-3468.

Pyunic Overview

The Pyunic Association for the Disabled was founded in 1989 to help children disabled by the 1988 Armenian earthquake. Pyunic serves Armenia’s with disabilities by promoting the physical–social–and psychological rehabilitation of the disabled. Pyunic also works for disabled rights protection–promotes public education on the issues of disability–and provides prosthetic services for those in need.

The original group of children aided by Pyunic are now between the ages of 12 to their twenties. As they grow older–their needs as disabled individuals change and so does the work of Pyunic. This group–plus the new generation of those disabled through the Karabagh war–birth defects–diseases–and accidents–need Pyunic to improve and develop opportunities for them to become full-fledged members of the new Armenia.

Some of Pyunic’s Programs

Social Services: Provides clothing and food for people with disabilities. Advocates for the social and educational needs of people with disabilities.

Sports and Camps: Runs 20 summer and winter sport camps attended by more than 2000 people since 1989; Provides year-round athletic training to people with disabilities; Organised First Armenian Disabled Olympics in 1994; Implemented "Mentally retarded children’s sport-rehabilitation project" in Kharbert

Vocational Training: Operates Computer Training Center for the Disabled–which was started in 1996 and is funded by the Canadian Embassy; Trains the disabled to become prosthetic technicians.

Prosthetic Services: Provides free prosthetic limbs to civilians disabled as a result of the war in Karabagh; Provides free prosthetic services to the Armenian National Paralympic team.

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