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Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief Naples Chapter to Host Spring Dinner & Update

NAPLES, FL – The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) is holding an informational dinner and organization update at the Hole In the Wall Country Club, 3600 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples, FL 34103 on Friday, March 18, 2022. Cocktails will be served beginning at 6:00pm with dinner to follow at 7:00pm. Donations are kindly accepted. To RSVP or for more information contact Dr. Chuck Hajinian at 262-352-4140 or email Space is limited so please reserve early.

Here are the projects currently being funded through SOAR:

  • Department (CHG) Renovation at Children’s Home of Gyumri: $10,000 estimate; a “department” at this orphanage includes a bedroom, kitchen and playroom. CHG is a residential facility serving special needs children ages six years and younger.
  • New Gate at Gavar Orphanage: $2983 estimate. Gavar Orphanage is a residential facility serving children ages three to 18.
  • Bathroom renovation at Yerevan Ajapnyak Community Children’s Social Care Center: $2,077 estimate. This is a non-residential facility serving special needs children ages six to 18 and their families who are experiencing difficult life circumstances.
  • Roof Renovation at Kharberd Orphanage: $1132 estimate. Located in Yerevan, Kharberd Orphanage is a residential facility serving children and young adults with severe disabilities.

Boston Based Barsamian Development Building Luxury Homes in Naples

Barsamian Development’s model home in Naples will feature five bedrooms and an expansive outdoor living area. Courtest MHK Architecture & Design.

NAPLES, FL – Boston-based Barsamian Development is currently constructing their first single-family luxury home in the Southwest Florida real estate market, according to a report in Naples Daily News.

The property is located at 774 South Golf Drive, a site which will overlook the new Four Seasons Resort Hotel’s golf course, where construction has recently begun for that multi-billion dollar project.

The two-story home is a five-bedroom/seven-bath plan with 6,182 square feet under air and 8,564 total square feet under roof, including a two-car and a single-car garage.

The home, designed by MHK Architecture & Design of Naples, will be built by Naples’ luxury custom home builder Lotus Construction with interior design and furnishings by Freestyle Interiors of Bonita Springs.

This extraordinary home from Barsamian Development has a pre-construction price of $13,750,000. For the convenience of the owners, a sporty golf cart is included.

Barsamian Development is well known in the Boston area. Its founder, Michael Barsamian, a resident of Naples with his wife Kaye, is currently developing a $360-million mixed-use project in the northeast.

MutualOne Bank of Framingham, Massachusetts is providing the financing for the project. Mark Haranas, president and CEO of the bank, and Mr. Barsamian have worked together on multiple projects over the past three decades.

In addition to his South Golf Drive model home, Barsamian will also be developing other single-family home projects in Olde Naples and Aqualane Shores in the near future.

‘Basterma Boys’ Fundraise for Soup Kitchens in Armenia

By Frank Avakian Stoneson
FLArmenians Naples Reporter

NAPLES, FL – The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida held its annual ‘Men’s Basterma Breakfast’ on February 15. Over 25 attendees were hosted by Nancy Kazarian and Dolly Matoian at the Kazarian home in Naples, FL.

This year’s gathering raised $2,400, with all proceeds going to support five soup kitchens in Armenia, sponsored by the Fund for Armenian Relief, that aid the elderly and disadvantaged.