Empowering Disadvantaged Young Women

Recap: 3rd Annual Bay Area Fundraising Event

On Saturday, November 5th we gathered with over 250 people from our community to support and celebrate the Omid Foundation with our 3rd Annual “Evening of Hope.” Our event was MC’d by Bay Area Committee leads, Shiela Rahimian and Roya Soleimani, and OMID committee members Neda Amidi, Samia Ahmadi, and Shanna Nasiri also shared their experience of seeing the Omid centers in Tehran in person where they had a chance to see the impact first hand. Niosha Dance Academy performed 2 beautiful traditional Persian dances, and they have supported our event since the beginning in 2014.


OMID Foundation Founder and president Marjaneh Halati shared a powerful keynote address highlighting the harrowing stories of some of the girls at the OMID center in Iran. Her address also brought hope as we learned about the new journey these young women are on with OMID’s help, with a special focus on the programs that have emerged with the help of fundraisers like the one we were holding.

We then welcomed world acclaimed violinist and performer Bijan Mortazavi and his band for an unforgettable full performance that brought the entire ballroom to it’s feet! Bijan waived his performance fee, and we are grateful for his support of our event and of OMID.


For those of you who missed it, please flip through the photos in our Facebook photo album, and stay tuned for a save the date for our 4th annual event in fall 2017! All photos can be seen here.


Special thanks to our committee:
Shiela Rahimian
Roya Soleimani
Neda Amidi
Samia Ahmadi
Shanna Nasiri
Mahshid Akhavan

Special thanks to our volunteers:
Neda Hillyer
Afshin Shirazian
Andrew Winner
Bret Groefsema
Nima J.

Special thanks for our donors and sponsors:
Platinium Sponsors:
Nasiri Foundation
Reza Behforooz
Amidi Family
Gold Sponsor:
Neda Nobari Foundation

Bronze Sponsors:
Amir and Aline Kia
Bami Bastani
Oskouy Family
Laleh Amirteymour
Majid and Maryam Rahimian

Rose Sponsors:
Persian Center
Paria Sedigh and Eiman Zolfaghari
Shadie Farazian
Nazie Eftekhari
Ansari Family – D & D Jewelers
Mahnaz Milani Baladi
Bijan Bakery
Azadeh Hariri
Elena Naderi and Sammy Hayatdavoudi
Bijan Bakery
Niosha Dance Academy

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