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[Ayo]: Rising to the Greater Challenge standard

When 20-year-old Jonathan Campbell first visited FAR’s Yerevan office to start his two-month internship with Ayo! last July everyone had a good feeling about him. Still, no one truly knew how valuable this New Jersey-native would be to the team. Jon’s since resumed his studies in the U.S. after a productive and meaningful 2 months with us. He wrote the following after making his first trip to a FAR soup kitchen: I swear I caught a glimpse of heaven’s love when I visited FAR’s soup kitchen in Yerevan Soup Kitchen last Thursday. There, I witnessed something unlike anything I had ever seen before: love and warmth in its most pure, beautiful and unbiased form. This love was displayed as a ...

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[FAR New York]: New York Community Remembers Kevork Hovnanian. standard

Family and friends on Sunday gathered to honor the memory of FAR founder, prominent businessman, philanthropist and leader of the Armenian church Kevork Hovnanian at New York’s St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral. Via The Armenian Reporter The Primate recalled Mr. Hovnanian’s spirit of outreach to fellow human beings, which “inspired his greatest acts of philanthropy and service: his heroic contributions to hospitals in New Jersey and New York; his immediate drive to reach out to people in the wake of the 9/11 attacks; and of course his incredible, indispensible leadership in the recovery and development of our homeland of Armenia, over a period of more than 20 years.” Please continue reading here. Kevork Hovnanian. Credit: The Armenian Reporter

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[FAR Schools]: Octet’s Shoghakn Orchestra Goes on Tour. standard

Fans of Octet definitely remember the February visit of the generous and well-known benefactors from New Jersey, Dr. Raffi and Mrs. Vicki Hovanessian to Gyumri. The Octet student orchestra managed to surprise their benefactors by performing a new musical program that could impress even the staunchest of critics. Chosen performance pieces included works by Armenian composers like Mavisakalyan, Khachatur Avetisyan and Grigor Haghinyan. Emotions were so high that someone suggested naming the orchestra “Shoghakn” meaning “shining, luminous, brilliant” because they had performed so well. It was also suggested that a “Shoghakn Series” of concerts be organized so the group could tour throughout Armenia. Finally, this idea was able to become a reality. The funds were provided by the benefactors as ...

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