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22 October 2019
Published - 28 June 2019

More than 700 young professionals attended the Armenian Young Professionals Summer Mixer benefiting the Armenian American Museum on June 20. The highly anticipated event was held in the International Ballroom of the Hilton Pasadena.

The event was organized and co-hosted by AGBU Young Professionals of Los Angeles, ANCA Professional Network, Armenian Professional Network Los Angeles Chapter, Armenian Professional Society, Birthright Armenia, and Nerouj of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. The organizations joined forces to connect young professionals and raise funds for the Armenian American Museum, a world class cultural and educational center developing in Glendale, California.

“Thank you to the hundreds of young professionals who have joined us this evening to support the Armenian American Museum,” stated Philip Hovanessian of the Armenian Professional Network Los Angeles Chapter as he welcomed the capacity crowd on behalf of the organizations co-hosting the event.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Armenian American Museum’s Groundbreaking Campaign. The landmark center is slated to begin construction in 2020 and will be home to a Permanent Armenian Exhibition, Traveling Multicultural Exhibitions, Performing Arts Theater, Learning Center, Demonstration Kitchen, and more. The City of Glendale, home to one of the largest Armenian diaspora communities, has dedicated premier land for the historic project in downtown Central Park.

“We are grateful for the community organizations who have come together in common cause to support the vision of the Armenian American Museum,” stated museum Executive Director Shant Sahakian. “The museum represents a historic opportunity to build a landmark center that will serve generations to come and the unprecedented turnout of young professionals is a strong testament of the legacy project’s significance for our future.”

The Armenian Young Professionals Summer Mixer was the second annual collaborative event for the organizations. Last year, the organizations came together for their inaugural event to benefit ONEArmenia and HALO Trust’s “Jobs Not Mines” campaign in support of demining efforts in Artsakh. This year, the organizations selected the museum as the beneficiary of their second annual event. The event raised $8,921.00 for the non-profit organization.

AGBU Young Professionals of Los Angeles is part of a growing network of groups and supporters around the world who preserve and promote the Armenian identity and heritage for young Armenians between the ages of 22 to 40.

ANCA Professional Network is an association that connects thousands of Armenian American professionals and develops the next generation of leaders through social, educational, and community engagement programs.

Armenian Professional Network Los Angeles Chapter is a professional and social community organization providing Armenian American professionals the opportunity to interact, share, guide, and assist one another.

Armenian Professional Society was formed for the advancement of education and fellowship among Armenians. APS has supported over 300 students of Armenian descent in the United States by granting scholarships to graduate students in a variety of fields.

Birthright Armenia provides work, study, and volunteer experiences with the belief that it is every Armenian's birthright to not only see Armenia, but also experience their homeland via an enriching, hands-on, life-changing experience.

Nerouj was founded by the leadership of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America to lead the Armenian youth through education, support, and mentorship while strengthening our heritage through inner spirituality and morality.

Learn more about the Armenian American Museum project at

About the Armenian American Museum

The Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California is a developing project in Glendale, CA with a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian American experience. The museum will serve as a cultural campus that enriches the community, educates the public on the Armenian American story, and empowers individuals to embrace cultural diversity and speak out against prejudice.

The governance of the museum is entrusted to ten Armenian American cultural, philanthropic, and religious non-profit institutions including the Armenian Catholic Eparchy, Armenian Cultural Foundation, Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, Armenian General Benevolent Union Western District, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Relief Society Western USA, Nor Or Charitable Foundation, Nor Serount Cultural Association, Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, and Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

About Nerouj

Nerouj, an Armenian word meaning “inner strength”, simply formalizes the well-known proverb: ‘It takes a village.’ We are the inner strength behind that village.

With the leadership of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of North America, the parent organization behind Nerouj, this diverse team is committed to developing a new platform for communication between the Armenian youth and Los Angeles based professionals.

Our belief is straightforward :

Individuals 18 and over can harness our wide range of professional opportunities to jumpstart their perspective interests.

Emerging career goers and seasoned professionals alike have the capability to pay it forward. After all, without mentorship how do we become all that we can be?

Our mentorship programs are formally constructed to partner a mentor with the appropriate mentee to enrich the mentees ability to understand the specific/broad spectrum of their interests as well as provide the mentor a modernized mindset in understanding where the generations to come find interest within the ever-growing world of education and occupation.

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