AGBU Young Professionals, Northern California (AGBU-YPNC) to Host 19th Annual San Francisco Winter Gala

January 9, 2019

Written by David Ojakian

AGBU SF Winter Gala Weekend 2018

AGBU SF Winter Gala Weekend 2018

YP’s from North America and Around the Globe to Raise Funds for New AGBU Women’s Empowerment Program in Armenia

AGBU Young Professionals of Northern California (AGBU-YPNC) will host the 19th annual AGBU San Francisco Winter Gala, “Leave Your Heart in SF,” on February 15-17, 2019. The weekend will offer an unforgettable experience for hundreds of Armenian Young Professionals from across the globe, with three days of events. AGBU-YPNC will donate proceeds from the weekend to the new AGBU Women’s Empowerment Program in Armenia.

“Bringing Armenian YPs together from around the globe to contribute toward a greater cause is the highlight of the for us each year,” said Varant Shirvanian, AGBU-YPNC Committee Member and 2019 Gala Co-Chair. “The new AGBU Women’s Empowerment Program in Armenia is helping young entrepreneurial women, who historically have not had the same opportunities, become future business leaders. We’re pleased to host the Annual Winter Gala in San Francisco once again, to showcase our city and help support this important initiative in Armenia.”

“We are excited to host the growing YP network in San Francisco once again for this year’s Winter Gala.  The weekend features an all new remarkable Saturday night Gala venue, a new host hotel, our staple all-inclusive wine tour experience, and a brand new event with Salsa Night closing out the weekend on Sunday night,” said Alec Nicholas, AGBU-YPNC Vice-Chair and Gala Co-Chair.

Gala 2019 weekend kicks off Friday, February 15 with a welcome reception at the stunning Redwood Room inside Union Square’s Clift Hotel, where attendees will mix, mingle, and start their Leave Your Heart weekend.  Following the reception, guests will head to The Redford where DJ Mikey Tan will be playing Top40 and mashups at this classic American tavern with a polished look and feel.

Saturday, February 16 brings a Gala weekend favorite: the SF City Walking Tour. With an all new route, the tour will include stops at different landmarks around the city featuring stunning views.  Saturday night features the weekend’s signature event: the Leave Your Heart in SF Gala Dinner & Dance at the magnificent San Francisco Design Center Galleria, one of SF’s finest venues sitting at the heart of San Francisco’s Design District. The Gala evening will feature passed appetizers, a delicious family style dinner, premium open bar, and dancing to Armenian, international, and popular music courtesy of weekend favorite DJ Raffy.

Sunday, February 17 starts off with a weekend staple event: the Wine Tour. This year’s trip returns to Sonoma Valley, featuring an all-inclusive experience at Gloria Ferrer Winery, including tours, tastings, and a private lunch on the winery’s expansive property. Sunday night introduces the all new Salsa Night at the Cigar Bar and Grill. At Winter Gala weekend’s newest event, attendees will enjoy all-inclusive salsa lessons and dancing with a full menu, craft cocktails, a Winter Gala specialty cocktail, and cigars available for purchase. Salsa Night will provide a final opportunity for attendees to Leave Their Heart in SF, and a new reason for locals and guests alike to take Monday off.

For more information, tickets, weekend package specials, and to donate visit  For additional questions, email or call (415) 295-2259.

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