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The Armenian Reporter | February 28, 2009 9

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Holiday Gala slideshow featured on alma’s newly designed website

Above left: Gala chairperson Michele M. Kolligian welcomes guests to alma’s third Holiday Gala. Above right: alma trustee Robert Khederian (third from top right)

and his table of guests.

WATERTOWN, Mass. – The

Armenian Library and Museum of

America recently launched its redesigned

website almainc.org into

a state-of-the-art, multimedia site.

In order to expand alma’s online

presence and improve its outreach

efforts, the new site lets visitors

make a donation, become a member,

and learn about corporate

sponsorship opportunities. Website

visitors can also take virtual

tours of alma’s galleries, search

the Library catalogue, and purchase

items from alma’s gift shop,

including souvenirs, artwork, and

event tickets.

The most recent addition to alma’s

website is a slideshow displaying

more than 100 event photos

from alma’s third Holiday Gala,

which took place this past November

at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

The slideshow includes candid shots

of 300 guests from the Greater Boston

area and as far away as California

enjoying the exciting evening in

support of alma.

alma trustee and gala chairperson

Michele Kolligian and her

committee planned the festive

occasion in true Armenian style.

During the cocktail reception, jazz

performed by Vardan Ovsepian

and vocalist Maggie Grebowicz

blanketed the colorful conversations

among friends, family, and

supporters of alma, who caught

up with one another over cocktails

and hors d’oeuvres. Many guests

browsed alma’s compelling traveling

exhibit, “Légion Arménienne:

The Armenian Legion and Its Heroism

in the Middle East,” which was

on display in the reception area.

Other attendees crowded the silent

auction table to view the 46-inch

flat-screen television with Blu-ray

disc package, assortment of Boston

sporting event tickets, a diamondencrusted

pendant, and other luxury

items and packages that awaited

the highest bidder.

With anticipation mounting,

doors opened to the hotel’s Plaza

Ballroom, where a slide presentation

displaying alma’s treasures

played in the background. Once

guests were seated, Ms. Kolligian

welcomed all in attendance on

behalf of alma and its Board of

Trustees. Guests then feasted on

a sumptuous multicourse dinner

with wine and a decadent dessert.

After eating, guests fluctuated between

placing their final bids on

prized silent auction items and

dancing to the inviting homeland

sounds played by Harry Bedrosian,

Bruce Gigarjian, David

Hoplamazian, Kenny Kalajian,

and Joe Kouyoumjian.

A number of songs later, Ms. Kolligian

announced the close of the

silent auction and invited alma

Trustees Robert Khederian and

Daniel K. Dorian IV to the stage

as the live auction’s stand-in “celebrity”

auctioneers. For the duration

of the auction, the comedic duo

roused the crowd to bid big with a

range of good-humored banter. In

the end, a Bruins Box for 18 guests,

four private suite tickets to a New

England Patriots game, four EMC

club tickets to a Red Sox game, and

a private box for 12 guests to see

Disney on Ice were auctioned off,

along with the incredible perks that

each auction package offered.

Before the event ended, young

professionals joined the festivities

during the first ever late Gala ‘Kef’

Dance, sponsored by alma. The

merriment and dancing continued

well into the night as guests danced

to the deejay’s American music selections

and enjoyed late evening fare.

The Gala raised much-needed

funds, part of which will be used

to further enhance alma’s website

by building a membership interface.

The members-only pages

will have interactive features that

give members exclusive access

to streaming audio and visual

content of alma events and programs

and much more.

While alma’s Gala has come

to an end, the season of giving

and celebration continues. Come

spring, alma will hold its annual

Sports Raffle campaign and celebrate

the fundraiser’s fifth anniversary

with a promotional offer

of five tickets for $300 (individual

tickets are $100 each). While the

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raffle tickets will be mailed out in

the early spring, alma supporters

can preorder them through

the website starting March 15,

2009.

For more information about

Relay For Life and Paint the Town

Purple, or to find an event near you,

visit www.cancer.org/relayNYNJ

or call 1.800.ACS.2345.

1.800.ACS.2345

www.cancer.org/relayNYNJ

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