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AEF: Dr. Albert Melik Ghassemian donates $234,000 to AEF

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    Armenian Educational Foundation
    600 West Broadway, Suite 130
    Glendale, California 91204
    Telephone: 818-242-4154
    Email: [email protected]

    May 29, 2012

    Dr. Albert Melik Ghassemian donates $234,000 to AEF

    Glendale - Armenian Educational foundation (AEF) is pleased to announce
    that Dr. Albert Melik Ghassemian of Boston donated $34,000 to fund the
    renovation of two Artsakh village schools and $200,000 towards the
    renovation of the Artsakh State University dormitory.

    Artsakh State University students and faculty celebrated the opening of the
    renovated dormitory building on May 10, 2012. In attendance were Artsakh
    government officials, AEF board members, and the generous benefactor of the
    project, Dr. Ghassemian.

    Dr. Ghassemian's contribution allowed AEF to renovate four floors of the
    dormitory. The renovation of the fourth and fifth floors were completed
    and presented during the opening celebration. The renovation of the second
    and third floors will be finished this summer. In addition to funding the
    renovation of the dormitory, Dr. Ghassemian also helped provide the
    furnishings for each room, plus two kitchenettes on each floor.

    During the opening celebrations, the University President and Minister of
    Education presented Dr. Ghassemian with an honorary doctorate degree from
    Artsakh State University. Dr. Ghassemian, a renowned cardiologist and a
    member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Boston University School of
    Medicine, offered philanthropic support for future projects at Artsakh
    State University. Dr. Ghassemian also took the time to answer questions
    from students and inquired about their daily life at the university and
    their involvement in its educational programs.

    In an interview with a local newspaper, Dr. Ghassemian stated that the
    renovation project was dear to his heart because his grandparents were born
    in Artsakh, and that the experience brought him closer to his Armenian

    The dormitory renovation project was led by AEF Board Member, Neshan
    Peroomian, who for the past ten years has personally interviewed and
    selected contractors and overseen each renovation project. This renovation
    project raises the total number of renovated schools in Armenia, Artsakh
    and Javakhk by the Armenian Educational Foundation to over 177 schools.

    AEF, as always, spends 100% of the funds received by its donors towards the
    project the donors are sponsoring. `We are very grateful to Dr. Ghassemian
    for his very generous donation', stated AEF President Hermineh Pakhanians.
    `It is because of the generosity of individuals like Dr. Ghassemian that
    AEF has for over 61 years been able to provide financial assistance to
    Armenian students and educational institutions.' In 2011, AEF allocated
    over $445,000 for numerous educational projects including: renovation of
    schools, scholarships, computers and school supplies to village schools in
    Armenia and Artsakh.

    For more information or donation, please contact the AEF office at (818)
    242-4154 or email [email protected].