We are all united by the will to empower Armenia and bring happiness to our people. My Step Foundation raised around $3 million during the fundraising Gala-dinner.

16 December, 2019
On December 14, the first Fundraising Gala-dinner of My Step Foundation in Armenia took place in Dvin Hotel. During the evening the guests pledged to donate to our cause around $1,5 million. Our biggest donor Mrs. Christine Simon pledged to match the donation increasing the amount raised to $3 million.

We consider this result to be a great sign of trust and we are proud that we have been able to build a platform of cooperation and trust with the support of our partners. This platform is becoming increasingly viable by clearly outlining more ambitious, prospective plans and initiatives that will be implemented by My Step Foundation and will definitely support the balanced development of our state.

My Step Foundation is grateful to all donors. Every single donation is more than meaningful. There are no big and small donations for us, there is trust, cooperation, and a common dream to build strong, stable, and developed country.

This significant event for the Foundation, the Gala Dinner, has become an opportunity for us to present the principles and strategy of our work to supporters and beneficiaries, to summarize the results of successfully implemented programs in 2019, and to present the Foundation's charitable programs in various areas in 2020.

The Fundraising evening was held in a very warm atmosphere. The supporters, beneficiaries, partners, friends of the Foundation were invited to the event, including composer Tigran Mansuryan, Head of Yerevan State Conservatory named after Komitas Sona Hovhannisyan, Art Director and Chief conductor of the National Philharmonic orchestra of Armenia Eduard Topchyan, Art Director and Chief conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan, as well as the special guest of the evening, world-famous violinist, twice Grammy winner Maxim Vengerov, who delighted the participants of the dinner a few hours before the evening, performing with the State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia in the Aram Khachaturian Concert hall, simultaneously opening the 7th Aram Khachaturian International Festival.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Anna Hakobyan and Executive Director of the Foundation Hovhannes Ghazaryan warmly welcomed the guests.

The Prime Minister's Spouse, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Anna Hakobyan emphasized in her speech: "I would like to point out that the Foundation was founded 1,5 year ago, actual operation period –one year. The budget was $5 million during this period, and in few minutes we will present how we have distributed the budget," she said. Also, she added that all achieved results of this period are the outcome of the daily real and hard work of the Foundation. "Our role is to assist the state through public resources, in all areas and issues that cannot be resolved currently with state resources," Anna Hakobyan added.

During the evening, short videos were shown, that were telling about the activities of the Foundation, implemented programs, as well as about the plans of the Foundation for 2020.

Executive Director of My Step Foundation Hovhannes Ghazaryan expressed gratitude and stressed: “Certainly, it would not be possible without the people who supported us. Many of you sitting here have already made a significant contribution to our success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have made all this possible through their small and large investments," he added. "We can see that our philosophy, based on the long-term perspective, is right. To achieve long-term and sustainable change, we rely on the trust and support of all of you as our partners in this endeavor. I am confident that at least all of us are united by the will to empower Armenia and bring happiness to our people.”

A full list of Gala-dinner donations will be posted on the Foundation's website soon. Once again, we thank all our donors for their support and trust. A big or small step of each of us is a significant opportunity to realize our big dream.

16 December, 2019