WALTHAM, MA--Was the highlight of Armenia Tree Project's Kentucky Derby Watch Party the Thoroughbred racehorse "Justify" winning the Derby, or the incredible hats and fabulous outfits that were on full display on May 5 at Gore Place?
The answer, of course, is that the real winner was ATP when more than 110 supporters attended the inaugural event at the historic estate in Waltham. Party goers were treated to mint juleps and Derby themed hors d'oeuvres while watching "the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" on big screen televisions.
Vanessa Hale of 103.3 AMP Radio served as mistress of ceremonies as she attended her first Armenian event in Boston. Hale, originally from California, told guests how delighted she was to have her official introduction to Boston's Armenian community be at an ATP event.
The Kentucky Derby Watch Party was a departure from previous events and it created a buzz in the Armenian community that set the foundation for future events as ATP prepares for its upcoming 25th anniversary. The event committee led by Linda and Karnig Ostayan included John Aftandilian, Kristin Asadourian, Berge Ayvazian, Karen Gilbert, Kelly Higgins, Gohar Diana Hovsepian, Marie Mabardi, Susan Piligian, and Daniele Sarkisian.
Along with having the opportunity to win prizes that were generously provided by local businesses by "picking" the Derby winners, after the race attendees spent the evening playing roulette, black jack, and craps at the "Casino" set up especially for the evening.
"A good time was had by all," exclaimed Executive Director Jeanmarie Papelian. "We enlisted volunteers from all over the community and everyone seemed to enjoy this new approach to fundraising. And it's all done to support ATP's mission in Armenia. We're asking people to Get Rooted with ATP, and if you are planning to visit Armenia, please reach out to us so we can arrange a visit to one of our nurseries!"
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