Over a Thousand Gather at Tribute Concert in Memory of Sosé & Allen


(view original article) GLENDALE—Supporters, friends and family flocked to the Alex Theater on Sunday, May 4th, to take part in the memorial concert organized by Sosé and Allen’s Legacy Foundation. The concert was dedicated to honoring the memory of newlyweds Allen Yekikian and Sosé Thomassian, one year after their tragic passing. Proceeds from the night will be used to renovate a youth center in Proshyan, Armenia, which hosts the Armenian Youth Federation’s Youth Corps program, an initiative close to Allen and Sosé’s hearts.

The concert program included a lineup of incredible artists and video presentations honoring the lives and the works of Sosé and Allen. Performances from Sebu Simonian, Harout Pamboukjian, the Element Band, Gor Mkhitarian captivated the audience. Additionally, multi-talented Chicago-based musician, Sima Cunningham, and a teenage band Green Kard performed original songs written in memory of Sosé and Allen.

“Sosé and Allen remain role models for us, the younger generation of Armenian-Americans, who aspire to contribute to our country and keep our culture and identity alive,” said Alique Cherchian, an AYF member and member of Green Kard. “We hope to continue their work, contributing to our Homeland.”

The couple grew up active in the Armenian community and moved to Armenia in early 2013. Sadly, their lives were cut short as a result of a car accident in May of 2013. Sosé and Allen’s Legacy Foundation was founded shortly thereafter to continue their vision by establishing programs and supporting existing programs aimed at bridging the gap between Armenia and its Diaspora, through an emphasis on education, repatriation, and volunteerism within the homeland.

A one-year requiem service will be held at 2pm on Saturday May 10, 2014 at Forest Lawn memorial park in Hollywood Hills (6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068); all are welcome to attend.