The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA announced that Naz Atikian of Family Rescue Fund is its Major Banquet Sponsor for the upcoming ARS 35th Anniversary Gala, which will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Glendale Hilton Hotel. Throughout the years, the ARS of Western USA has received ongoing support and contributions by Atikian for which the organization is extremely thankful. The following is her highlighted biography:
Naz Atikian exudes energy and compassion. Working in a field that she found neither challenging nor rewarding, Naz changed career direction, followed her passion, and in 1984 established “Le Papillon by Naz”. In her dream come true, she designs and sells one-of-a-kind, high-end jewelry. While part of her professional success depends on her unique and elegant designs, the other part rests on her attention to building a special relationship with each and every one of her clients. In the course of only a few years, she established herself with a solid reputation and was featured in Westlake Magazine as one of the “Women in Business” success stories. However, due to the global recession, the Jewelry Industry was impacted and Naz decided to add Luxury Gifts to her business, continuing to build profitable customer relationships.
Parallel to her work dedication, Naz devotes a great deal of her time and energy to various charitable organizations, especially those dealing with children in and outside of the Armenian community. In 2007, she was one of the proud sponsors of the UNICEF Snowflake Ball, which was featured in Town & Country magazine – for the timeless piece she donated to the cause, and was further thanked by the Sisters of Mary Health for keeping their dream alive.
In 2008, Naz was honored as “Woman of the Year” by the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry. She again received the Business of the Year and Leadership Excellence Award from ABMDR. Throughout the years, Naz has hosted the Angels’ Luncheon and has chaired the Annual Gala for the ABMDR. Single handedly, through her generosity and her contagious, deep conviction in helping charitable causes, Naz has been a true angel for the ABMDR, and continues to serve on their Board.
In 2008, the Armenian-American Chamber of Commerce awarded Naz the “Small Businesswoman of the Year” designation in recognition of her outstanding commitment, dedication, devotion and service to the community, and exceptional success in business. Naz has also been a Gold and Bronze sponsor for the Armenian-American Medical Society and has served the Gala Committee for many years.
In her commitments to the Armenian Community, Naz has lent a helping hand to the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA, and has served on the Gala Committee for numerous years. In 2016, Naz received the “Business Life Woman Achiever Award” in recognition of outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishment and service to the Community. The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church recognized Naz as one of the 2016 Honorees at the Thirteenth Annual Christmas Ball. The Armenian National Committee of America / Glendale Chapter awarded Naz the Golden Heart Award: for her compassion and care to the less fortunate; for her readiness to help fellow mankind; and for the impact she has made on people’s lives.
After visiting Armenia and seeing the economic hardships of the Armenian people, Naz has started to work with a philanthropic foundation, the Family Rescue Fund, to help raise funds for less fortunate families in Armenia. Family Rescue Fund’s mission is not only to ease the burden of hunger and poverty in some of Armenia’s poorest communities, but also to empower families to lead lives of self-reliance by meeting their own basic needs and building better futures for their children. By connecting donors one-to-one with specific families in need, Family Rescue Fund is trying to bring a large and seemingly intractable problem (poverty) into personal focus, while making proactive, attainable results possible…one family at a time. Family Rescue Fund makes contributions to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and numerous Armenian Schools. Naz Atikian continues to inspire with her love for her family, her community and all the special humanitarian causes she believes in. Having realized her dream, she devotes her life to helping others by giving them the opportunity to achieve their own dreams.