by Eileen Chopourian Stephey

The Armenian Martyrs’ Congrega­tional Church in Havertown, PA, hosted a benefit concert on June 2 which featured the Grace Kelly Quintet. The concert raised money and awareness for the Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School in Yerevan, Armenia. The highly successful evening, co-chaired by Eileen Chopourian Stephey and Tom Momjian, was supported by the Armenian and local com­munities with over 200 attendees filling the sanctuary. Delicious, light refreshments were provided before the concert.
Ms. Kelly’s quintet included the hymns “Blessed Assurance”, “Amazing Grace” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer” from her CD “Grace”, in their performance. Saxophon­ist Grace Kelly also sang some of her own compositions. The outstanding musicians, which included Jason Palmer on trumpet, Evan Gregor on bass, Pete McCann on guitar and Jordan Perlson on drums, quickly estab­lished a warm rapport with the audience and received a standing ovation following their final number. Grace and her family are very supportive of the Avedisian School build­ing project and performed at a fundraising concert in Lexington, MA in January for the Avedisian School. For more information about Grace Kelly, go to http://www.gracekellymusic.com.
Pamela and Ed Avedisian attended the concert. Ed spoke briefly about the award winning Avedisian School and invited the audience to participate in this great project with their financial support. Ground­breaking for the new school took place on June 22. This school will employ state of the art en­ergy efficient technology in its construction and become the first LEED-certified building in Armenia. For more information about the Avedisian School Building Project and how you can help, you may call the AMAA at 201.265.2607 or go to the AMAA website at http://www.amaa.org.
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