The Armenian Museum of America concluded its 11th annual Sports Raffle fundraiser with a massive milestone. Raising more than $47,000 this year, the Sports Raffle has now raised more than $500,000 total since its beginning in 2005.
Proceeds from the fundraiser enable the Museum to continue educating and engaging with the community in offering free programs, events, and exhibitions showcasing Armenian culture, people and history, to the public.
This year’s Final Inning Party, held on July 19 in the Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Galleries in the Museum, brought friends and donors of the Museum together to celebrate with a Fenway-style menu of hotdogs, pizza, snacks and beverages befitting baseball.
Each year, the Museum invites a special sports celebrity to draw the winning tickets for the raffle, and this year, the Director of Football & Head Coach Administration for Bill Belechick and the New England Patriots, Berj Najarian, was drawing the lucky winners.
Winning prizes included the Grand Prize 22-seat Fenway Park Luxury Box, as well as 9 other sets of tickets to see the Patriots, the Bruins, the Celtics, and more Red Sox games. This year, a separate drawing was also available to win an NFL football signed by Tom Brady and Randy Moss.
In an amusing turn of events at the end of the drawing, newly-elected ALMA Board President, Michele Kolligian, won the Grand Prize Fenway Box. Before the party was over, Kolligian had decided to donate the Grand Prize tickets to a children’s charity in order to give children, who may not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to attend a game at Fenway. See the full list of winners below:
- 1st Prize: Michele Kolligian (donating to charity)
- 2nd Prize: Michael Heath
- 3rd Prize: Stepan & Christine Kanarian
- 4th Prize: Andrea Berberian
- 5th Prize: Ken & Diane Samuelian
- 6th Prize: Byron Hartunian
- 7th Prize: Daron Merian
- 8th Prize: Krikor Sabounjian
- 9th Prize: Gerald Boghosian
- 10th Prize: Krikor Sabounjian
- Signed Football: David Aykanian
The Armenian Museum extends its sincere gratitude to all those who bought tickets, our donors, trustees, and everyone who has worked to make the Sports Raffle fundraiser such a huge success.
Congratulations again to all of the winners!