San Diego SparkleS Foundation Gift to AMAA Orphan & Child Care Fund

Rev. Pakrad Berjekian, co-chair Kathy Kassardjian, Janet Desmond, Alice Robbins and AJ Janoyan

PARAMUS, NJ – The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has received a donation of $25,000 from the San Diego SparkleS Foundation. The donation will be directed to orphan children living on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“Children in war-torn areas still have dreams for their futures,” said Magna Poulos, AMAA Director of Operations and Donor Relations. “With the arrival of winter in the Caucasus, we will steward these funds to provide for warm shelter, clothing, blankets and most of all, hope.”

Emcee Zanni Kalaydjian, Missy Digius and Michelle MacDonald

AMAA provides food and clothing distribution, medical and dental services, education centers and social workers to address childhood trauma. All donations go to direct services to children.

“Some of these children have lost not just their homes, but their families,” said Kathy Kassarjian, president of San Diego SparkleS Foundation. “San Diego’s Children’s Benefit fashion show donation will help to make a difference in their lives.”

Young models walk the runway at the San Diego Sparkles Foundation’s children’s benefit fashion show

Children from across San Diego County participated at the San Diego children’s benefit fashion show and luncheon in September at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Two hundred guests from Hillcrest to North County contributed to the fundraiser supporting children at-risk abroad and in San Diego. Five charities were identified as recipients.

In 2023, the San Diego SparkleS children’s benefit fashion show will be held on September 30. The event supports charities dedicated to protecting children in San Diego and children displaced by war.

Models in the children’s fashion show
Armenian Missionary Association of America
The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) was founded in 1918, in Worcester, MA, and incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in 1920 in the State of New York. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Our purpose is to serve the physical and spiritual needs of people everywhere, both at home and overseas. To fulfill this worldwide mission, we maintain a range of educational, evangelistic, relief, social service, church and child care ministries in 24 countries around the world.

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