Winter Gala 2016 Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: David Ojakian

AGBU Young Professionals, Northern California (AGBU-YPNC) to Hold 16th Annual San Francisco Winter Gala

‘Key to the City’ Celebration will Raise Funds for Syrian Armenian Relief

AGBU Young Professionals of Northern California (AGBU-YPNC) will host the 16th AGBU San Francisco Winter Gala, the Key to the City, on February 12-14, 2016. The weekend will offer an unforgettable experience for hundreds of Young Professionals from across the globe, with three full days of events. YPNC will donate a portion of the weekend’s proceeds to the AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund for Syrian Armenians.

“We are thrilled to welcome the entire young professional network to San Francisco for an unforgettable weekend getaway. As always, lots of planning has gone into the Winter Gala weekend, with this year featuring an even more exclusive experience for the wine trip, a new FridayClub Night venue, and the return of some weekend favorites,” expressed Albert Arustamov, AGBU-YPNC Gala Co-Chair. “The weekend will be one to remember.”

Gala 2016 weekend kicks off Friday, February 12 with a welcome reception at the host hotel, the Sir Francis Drake in Union Square. Following the reception, guests will head to Hue nightclub where DJ Mikey Tan will be playing some of the finest tunes that will be sure to fill up the dance floor at this a hip new venue in SF’s North Beach district.

Saturday, February 13 brings the return of another Gala weekend favorite: the SF city walking tour. The tour will include stops at many different landmarks around the city. Saturday night features the weekend’s signature event: the ‘Key to the City’ Gala dinner/dance in the newly renovated Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial Performing Arts Center in downtown. Complete with breathtaking views of city hall, the evening will feature a four-course dinner, premium open bar, and dancing to Armenian and other international music, courtesy of DJ Raffy.

Sunday, February 14 starts off with many YP’s favorite: the Wine Trip. This year’s trip features an all-inclusive experience at the famed Coppola Winery in Geyserville, CA in Sonoma Valley wine country. The trip will include tours, tastings, bocce ball, appetizers, and a stroll through the favorite attraction at the winery: the Movie Gallery. This stunning gallery displays a vast collection of authentic movie memorabilia from Francis Ford Coppola’s filmmaking career spanning five decades. Sunday night features the return of last year’s instant weekend classic: the Kef Night. Complete with Armenian food, music, and hands-on culinary lessons in making a traditional Armenian dessert, Kef Night offers a fun and relaxing opportunity to wrap up the weekend. Back by popular demand, this final event will feature local craft beer and wine tasting for all attendees.

“We are proud to continue the tradition of Winter Galas in our hometown, bringing together hundreds of young professionals from around the globe,” said Steven Cherezian, AGBU-YPNC Gala Co-Chair. “Additionally, we realize the need to support our brothers and sisters in Syria is ever present and our goal remains to provide as much aid as possible to benefit the AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund for the Syrian Armenian community. We hope to raise as much as possible for the charity.”

For event information, tickets, weekend package specials, and to donate, visit For additional questions, email


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