Don’t Miss an Evening Under the Stars
St. Nersess Armenian Seminary will host its final Evening Under the Stars Benefit Reception and Silent Auction on its current New Rochelle campus, before moving to its new Armonk campus in mid-2014. Guests will gather on Saturday, September 28, under an elegant candlelit tent, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music, and warm camaraderie, all while supporting the ongoing mission and operation of the seminary, including youth programming.
Now in its 6th year, the Stars event will be the biggest one yet. According to Anoush Givelekian, this year’s Stars chairperson, who assumed the role from Yn. Paulette Doudoukjian, the event founder, “Guests will re-connect with old friends, meet new ones and celebrate the successes of the seminary. I have had the good fortune of being personally connected with St. Nersess for 15 years”. There will also be an extensive silent auction which will be available to all on the seminary website, and to those in attendance. “We have amazing supporters of the seminary who have donated sports tickets, camp sessions, incredible food, travel and entertainment items, home furnishings, gifts, and services, and more,” says Alyssa Keleshian Bonomo, this year’s silent auction chairperson. Bidding will open online at www.stnersess.edu starting September 20 and will remain open for both reception attendees and those from afar on home computers until bidding closes promptly at 10:00 the evening of September 28. The highest bidders for each item will be announced near the conclusion of the reception.
“This reception has become a highly-anticipated and important fundraiser for the Seminary,” said Board member, Suzanne Akian, adding, “It is an outstanding way for anyone whose life has been positively impacted by St. Nersess, to give back to this most valuable institution to the Armenian Church here in America. And all while having a wonderful evening under the stars with good friends.”
The annual benefit reception will begin at 7:30 p.m., after an Evening Vesper service in the chapel starting at 7 p.m. Past St. Nersess Summer Conference volunteers will greet and serve guests, adding to the long standing connection everyone shares with the seminary. Those enjoying the evening can look forward to hearing from these young adults as they, as well as the Seminary Dean, the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, and Board members, speak about the past achievements, ongoing successes, and exciting future of the seminary.
Donation to attend is $75 per person. Don’t miss an incredible evening with your St. Nersess friends on September 28!