After Closing Doors, Noor Offers Free Soup to Seniors

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Noor staff prepares the distribution of its free, community soup recently. The premier events site is giving away vegetarian, hearty soups every Friday from 3-5 p.m. until it can reopen.

There’s nothing quite like soup for the soul, and during time of quarantine and social isolation, that rings true more than ever, Noor owner Robert Shahnazarian and his wife, Maggie, discovered recently.
The owners of the Pasadena-based premier event and wedding venue were recently faced with the painful task of cancelling all planned celebrations at its site and shutting down operations amid the “Safer at Home” order put in place throughout L.A. County and city of Pasadena. Like many small businesses, Noor had to furlough or lay off some employees until further notice, and that act cut deep.
They still had a large order of food perishables for an upcoming, event-filled weekend — before having to shutter its doors — and Shahnazarian eyed the remainder of his dejected staff, standing idly by. He had heard that seniors in the community, already challenged by isolation, were suffering further from food insecurity and social distancing measures, and not able to find what they needed at the grocers due to the massive hoarding seen the first few weeks of COVID-19 fears.
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Obituary: Robert Shahnazarian

July 24, 1937-Feb. 9, 2020

Robert Shahnazarian
Robert Shahnazarian

Robert Shahnazarian was born on July 24, 1937, in Mashhad, a city in northeast Iran, to parents Ashot and Rose Shahnazarian. Robert, a 50-year resident of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, passed away Feb. 9, 2020, at his home in Rancho Mirage.
Shortly after immigrating to the United States with his parents and siblings George and Kent, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 and was stationed at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, New York. While honorably serving in the Army for six years, Robert worked as medical lab specialist and received a marksmanship badge for the M-1 rifle. Robert received an honorable discharge in August 1966. Shortly thereafter, he married the love of his life, Hilda Shahnazarian, on Dec. 4, 1966. Continue reading “Obituary: Robert Shahnazarian”