New England Committee Planning Spectacular ATP Anniversary Celebration

Boston Harbor Venue Selected for Unique Event on November 8

WATERTOWN, Mass.—A dedicated group of volunteers is hard at work on the next celebration of Armenia Tree Project’s 20th birthday. A major event is planned for Saturday, November 8 at the grand atrium of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse overlooking Boston Harbor.

The 20th anniversary fundraiser is being chaired by Nina Festekjian and Nicole Babikian Hajjar, who are coordinating a team of more than two dozen ambassadors for the event.

Nina Festekjian and Nicole Babikian Hajjar are co-chairing a major event in New England to celebrate ATP’s 20th anniversary at the stunning John Joseph Moakley Courthouse overlooking Boston Harbor on Saturday, November 8.
Nina Festekjian and Nicole Babikian Hajjar are co-chairing a major event in New England to celebrate ATP’s 20th anniversary at the stunning John Joseph Moakley Courthouse overlooking Boston Harbor on Saturday, November 8.

The first gathering was a festive outdoor gala at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in California in May, where ATP debuted a new promotional video “Plant a Tree, Plant Hope.” The event was attended by more than 200 friends and supporters of the organization, who were energized by an evening of food, music, and remarks from community leaders.

“ATP’s founder had great foresight when she started planting trees 20 years ago during the difficult years of early independence,” notes Managing Director Tom Garabedian. “To celebrate this new milestone in our history, Carolyn Mugar has asked us to organize something that captures the spirit and personality of Armenia and ATP. This will not be a traditional banquet by any means…our organization has a diverse constituency and we are bringing a unique set of ideas to the table for this event.”

“Moakley is a spectacular venue and our goal is to wow everyone and broaden our reach in the diaspora and in Armenia,” adds Garabedian. “We are expecting guests from New England, California, and everywhere in between for this event. More details will be available soon by mail and online, so we hope everyone will ‘save the date’ and stay tuned for an event you will not want to miss.”

Since its inception in 1994, ATP has planted nearly 4.5 million trees, established three nurseries and two environmental education centers, and greened villages, churches, parks, and open spaces throughout Armenia. In the process, the organization has provided employment for hundreds of people and vital resources to thousands of villagers throughout the country.

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