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KENNETH MARTIN
Boston gala raises nearly $150,000 for young cancer patients in Armenia
2019-04-08 10:36:59

Anna Hakobyan, a former journalist and the wife of new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, was warmly embraced by the Greater Boston Armenian community during a two-day visit that culminated in a sold-out gala Friday night at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, where nearly $150,000 was raised for the City of Smile charitable foundation, The Boston Globe reports. 

Hakobyan, the event’s keynote speaker, is chairman of the board of the Yerevan, Armenia-based organization that raises money for supplies and services to treat Armenian children with cancer.

“In wealthy and developed countries, cancer is just a disease, but in many less-developed countries, it is equal to a death sentence,” she told the more than 450 people in attendance, including designer Michael Aram, artist Arpi Krikorian, Armenian ambassador to the US Varuzhan Nersesyan, and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.