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Alex Hosts Concert to Support Children of Armenia 

First published in the Feb. 11 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

The city of Glendale has partnered with the Alex Theatre to host a benefit concert for Artsakh on Sunday, Feb. 26.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) — a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization aimed at improving the quality of life in rural Armenia through child-centered initiatives in education, health, psychosocial support and economic development.
The Glendale City Council recently voted unanimously to support the concert. They applauded SAS Entertainment Partners, operator of the Alex Theatre, on their commitment to producing a show of great interest to the Glendale community.
In 2022, COAF formally established a presence in Artsakh focused on humanitarian activities. Amid ongoing disruptions to gas, electricity and internet supply, COAF’s staff of nine is working around the clock to provide vital interventions to children and families in Stepanakert by extending psychological and social services along with speech therapy and early childhood education. These efforts critically address the psychological and social needs of the most vulnerable individuals affected by the current crisis.  
The concert will feature artists Christine Pepelyan, Artur “Mister X,” Sargis Manukyan, Araksya Amirkhanyan and a 20-member children’s choir, Voices of Armenia — all performing original music along with familiar and nostalgic Armenian songs. 
“The ongoing blockade in Artsakh prevents any humanitarian aid like supplies, food and medicine into Artsakh, including our sister city of Martuni, which is at risk right now because they are cut off from the rest of the world,” said Glendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian. “Music has the power to heal and bring joy. In this instance, this concert gives us the opportunity to lift the voices of those in this region who need assistance. Please join me and stand united in support of this noble cause.”
Glendale Director of Community Development Bradley Calvert added: “It is rewarding to work hand in hand with the Alex Theatre team to develop an opportunity to provide aid. I trust Glendale residents and businesses will be there to support this important cause as well as celebrate as a community.”
For ticket information, visit alextheatre.org/event/concert-for-artsakh.

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