Yerevan Casino Night & Tournament was a lot closer to home than Armenia. In fact, it was right in the middle of Brand Boulevard on Sunday. Club NYX hosted the event on behalf of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR). Dozens of supporters filled the club to give their all to charity. Gaming tables were packed, heavy appetizers were plentiful and silent auction tables were filled.
SOAR-L.A. President Kohar Pelter said the national, nonprofit organization's aim is to provide humanitarian relief to more than 1,200 children living in 15 orphanages in Armenia. To that end, $15,000 was raised from donors before the Sunday event, with about $25,000 more in proceeds expected from the evening. Guests purchased gaming "play money" in increments—$10 bought $50 in play money all the way to $100 for $800 in play money. Many spent their "money" at the Black Jack tables.
One of the Platinum sponsors who donated $5,000 included Arthur and Lily Seredian. Committee volunteers who donated their time were Tony Gafafyan, Ester Hodikian, Christine Karakozian, Arpineh Khodagholian and Lily Bagumyan.