by Boris Ardemasov, Aidan Brock, Thomas Rouffiac
Last Saturday, October 13th, 15 different professional and student artists, members of the community and a very talented Jazz band (made up of four high school seniors (Austin Cohen, Nic Massimi, Lui Luangkhot , and Michael McNulty) came together to enjoy a great evening and raise money for Neighbor to Neighbor.
Boris Ardemasov, a senior at Greenwich High school and an avid artist who wanted to help out in the Greenwich Community created Art for Awareness, the club that organized the event. He was initially thrilled with the prospect of employing his passion to create a difference inside his own community. “I think I can speak for everyone in the group when saying that this has been so much fun, because we have been planning the event for about a year now, and seeing it all come together has been very gratifying.” during an interview with the WGCH. Working together with Aidan Brock (the club’s Vice President) and Thomas Rouffiac (the club’s chair of communications), he put together an evening with that had one focus: provide as much help to Neighbor to Neighbor as possible.
All of the club’s leaders were very excited about helping an organization that they had previously volunteered in and believed in wholeheartedly. “I am a first generation immigrant, and the Greenwich Community has embraced me from the time I first set foot in town, the desire to give back to a society that has given so much to me is what has inspired throughout this project.” said Boris Ardemasov.
“The event certainly has been an undertaking, especially with AP classes and college applications that we all have around this time of year, but seeing firsthand what the charity does inspired us to put in the time to make the event perfect” said Vice president Aidan Brock. We recognized that “Since we are quickly entering the winter months and still some time away from Christmas food drives, Neighbor to Neighbor needs our help the most right about now” said Thomas Rouffiac.
After many weeks of organization, planning and arduous trips up and down CT for Boris, seeing the event come together was incredibly gratifying. After expenses (of which there were many) Art for Awareness raised three thousand dollars, an amount that for us, represents a tremendous success, seeing as this was our first major event.