Providence St. Joseph’s Annual Gala & the Covenant House Sleep Out

 Providence Saint Joseph Foundation Hands Holding Plant

This Thursday, November 21, I am excited to say I will be bringing a whole new meaning to the term “riches to rags.” It will prove to be a very interesting evening as I will be starting the night in a tuxedo and ending it sleeping in a cardboard box. Yes, a cardboard box. No, friends, it’s not the classic cautionary tale of the fallen businessman that we’ve heard so many times, and unfortunately, I’m not the new James Bond, but fear not. Though it sounds insane, I can assure you all that I have not lost my mind. This Thursday, I will be the presenting speaker for the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation’s Annual Gala, and immediately following that, I’m going to be rushing to the Covenant House parking lot in Los Angeles where I will be participating in their annual CEO Sleep Out to benefit the young homeless of Southern California.

Both events are for causes extremely close to my heart. Providence Saint Joseph has offered invaluable service to our community for decades, and I am thrilled to be able to give a much deserved award at their gala. As a recent addition to their Board of Directors, I am proud to support the hospital’s longstanding mission of compassion and quality care. Covenant House has been on the forefront of the fight against youth homelessness for over twenty years. Nothing breaks my heart more than the thought of a child living in horrendous circumstances on the streets. It is well worth a night in the cold to raise awareness and funds to promote an organization that provides food, shelter and the hope of a future to hundreds of kids every day. Last year, the Sleep Out raised over $3,000,000.00 nationwide, and this year we are aiming to exceed that. If you would like to make a contribution, please take a moment to visit the Sam Solakyan Sleep Out pledge page. Every dollar you give goes directly toward making the difference between life and death for a child in our community.

// Sam Solakyan

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Over the years, Sam Solakyan has maintained a fine balance between his professional and philanthropic endeavors, emphasizing a dual commitment to excellence in the field of healthcare and community stewardship. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Phoenix and a student of M.B.A. at The George Washington University, Mr. Solakyan has spent more than a decade in healthcare, with particular accomplishments in business development. Following three years as director of business development for a chain of imaging centers in Los Angeles, Sam Solakyan founded Glendale-based Global Holdings, which he owns and operates to this day. Since the 2003 formation of Global Holdings, Sam Solakyan has diversified the company’s interests with the addition of subsidiaries Global Healthcare Solutions, Paramount Management Services, Global Pharmaceuticals, and Vital Imaging, now the number-one provider of MRI services in California. Together, these ventures comprise a powerful force in medical imaging, pharmaceuticals, billing and collections, and management consulting, with a broad client base of hospitals and private practices statewide. As a philanthropist, Sam Solakyan regularly gives back to the greater Los Angeles community, notably funding Serve the People, the Family Service Agency of Burbank, the Glendale Police Department, and various schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition to these organizations, he sits on the boards of the Drug Enforcement Agency Foundation, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Serve The People, which helps homeless families find food and shelter. Mr. Solakyan also gives to the Armenian Relief Society, the Red Cross, and the Filipino Children’s Fund. To view more information on Sam Solakyan and his charity work, please visit

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