Formal Gala and Auction to Boost the Endowment Campaign for the UC Berkeley Armenian Studies Program

SAN FRANCISCO–The endowment campaign for the UC Berkeley Armenian Studies Program will be celebrating the community’s support for the program with a formal gala on Saturday, March 29 at the exclusive Olympic Club in San Francisco. The night will include Guest Speaker John Evans, Former US Ambassador to Armenia.
To date, over $700,000 has been raised for the ASP since the start of the UC Berkeley Armenian Alumni’s $1.7M fundraising campaign. The UCBAA has recently launched a “$100 Steps to $1 Million” campaign to reach a final goal of raising the additional $1 million for the ASP.
Funds raised by the 100 Steps Campaign and Gala will benefit the William Saroyan Endowment in contemporary Armenian studies at UC Berkeley. The $1.0M goal is to ensure the expansion and permanence of the ASP’s multi-faceted program, with a long-term goal of becoming the national leader in Armenian studies. These additional funds will make the William Saroyan Professorship fully self-sustaining, expand Armenian language course offerings, allow for visiting professors to conduct special courses, support public lectures and conferences on contemporary Armenian issues, and more.
“The ASP is a vital educational opportunity for our future leaders and scholars, and gives a strong voice to our history, language and culture,” commen’s Fundraising Committee Chair, Adam Kablanian. “We have a responsibility to grow this program and ensure its permanence, enriching the minds of Armenia’s and non-Armenia’s alike.”
Plans are underway for an elegant and exciting evening, including KTVU news reporter Gasia Mikaelian as Mistress of Ceremonies. Entertainment for the evening will include the Hosharian Brothers Band from Los Angeles , as well as a Dinner Party Champagne raffle and Live Auction.
For additional information about donating to the fundraising campaign or for Gala information, please contact Cynthia Avakian at or call 415-566-1120.
The Armenian Studies Program at the University of California at Berkeley is funded through the generosity of the William Saroyan Endowment and the Krouzian Endowment Fund, and was established initially as a Visiting Professorship in Armenian Studies in 1995. Under the direction of Dr. Stephan Astourian, Adjunct Professor of History, the ASP has since developed into a full-fledged academic program focusing on contemporary Armenian history, language, politics and culture. The ASP is now fully integrated into the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), generally viewed as one of the best in the nation. The program is further enriched by visiting lectures, academic conferences, symposia, and public speaking engagemen’s.


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