ARIA GROUP KC

Aria Group’s mission is to host Iranian events which promote our culture and heritage. 

Aria Group KC is a nonprofit organization set out to establish a social and cultural organization to bring together Persians and friends of Persians living in the greater Kansas City area. The ultimate goal of this charitable organization is to help support Persians living in our community who are in financial need due to unforeseen circumstances.  Our charitable work will be accomplished through fund raising by hosting social/cultural events & entertainment and donations received from the public.  Any donation to Aria Group KC is 100% tax-deductible and 100% of the funds go towards the above mentioned events and causes.  Recipients of our charitable fund will be reviewed and approved by Aria Group KC committee members. 
All work performed by Aria Group KC members is voluntary and done with integrity in the spirit of wishing to help those in need, promote awareness of Persian culture and foster unity among Persians and friends of Persians living in Kansas City.  As we conduct more fund raising activities, we will be able to expand our support to those in need and promote better and bigger events.
If you’re interested in donating to this worthy cause, please contact us at 816-536-3343 or email us at AriaGroupKC@gmail.com

Jamshid Pedram

Mr. Jamshid Pedram has a Bachelor’s degree in management from A&M University of Texas.  Jamshid has 26 years of management experience in the insurance field and 8 years of experience in real estate. He has been residing in Kansas City Since 1979. Mr. Pedram is a very active member of our community and for the past 3 years has been involved in organizing Persian New Year events in Kansas City. 
 

Reza Hosseinmostafa

Mr. Reza Hosseinmostafa received his Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Kansas and has been working for Sprint as an engineer for the past 19 years. Reza has been residing in Lawrence/Kansas City area since 1980.  He has been an active member in the Persian community, performing volunteer work in the past at Kansas City Community Radio and participating in Persian Folk dancing at Norooz events.  Since 2014, Reza has been involved in organizing Persian Norooz events and providing DJ services for events in Kansas City. 

Amir Kazerooni

Mr. Amir Kazerooni is a retired chemist. He received his Master's degree in organic chemistry from Murray State University in Kentucky in May 1986. He was a graduate research assistant working on his thesis. He worked as a Study Director at Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, MO. His duties included designing the experiments, analyzing technical data, writing the final reports, and training his five analysts for 22 years. For the past 3 years, he has been involved in Persian Norouz events and helping his teammates in Kansas City.

Keyshah Parki 

Mr. Keyshah Parki has received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri  and has been a business man for the past 19 years.  Keyshah has been residing in Kansas City since 1976 and has been an active member of the Zoroastrian Association of Kansas for the past seven years. In addition, Keyshah has been involved in organizing Persian Norooz events in Kansas since 2014.

Alireza Darvish

Mr. Alireza Darvish has a Bachelor degree in graphic design from Soureh University in Tehran-Iran. He has 19 years of experience in graphic design, photography and video editing. He also has knowledge in music, playing 5 instruments and has been composing music parts for 20 years. He studied graphic design and music with famous and experienced professors.
Since March of 2016, Alireza has been involved in Aria Group KC in support of music, photography and graphic design.  

 Mahshid Roayaee

Dr. Mahshid Roayaee has earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UMKC 18 years ago and has been living in Overland Park, KS for the past 25 years with her husband, Vahid Rafizadeh, and two sons. She is passionate about Persian culture and would like to contribute to cultural events that would serve her community.
Mrs. Roayaee has been an active member of ASHP (American  Society of Health-system Pharmacists) as well as GKCSHP (Greater Kansas City Society of Health-system Pharmacists).

Farrah Zaery

 Dr. Farrah Zaery did her undergraduate work at the University of Utah and moved to Kansas 29 years ago to attend UMKC dental school. 
Dr. Zaery and her husband, Mehrdad, are blessed with two amazing sons, Arshia & Ouzhan and a set of twin granddaughters.  Dr. Zaery has been involved in the Persian community for the past 25 years since she started her practice and has had the honor of getting to know many members of our community and serving their dental needs.  As a Zoroastrian, she has been a teacher and served as a president/vice-president of Zoroastrian Association of Kansas (ZAK), for many terms.  Her passion is to be a positive member of our community, to teach and show how amazing it is to be an Iranian-American.

Khosrow Sohraby

Dr. Khosrow Sohraby is currently a senior member of the Advanced Analytics group in the IT organization at General Motors leading and mentoring number of data scientist on various projects.  He has a distinguished record in application of probability and statistics in mathematical modeling, optimization, and analysis of complex systems.  After 8 years of application of Operation Research to design, modeling, and analysis of future telecommunication networks at AT&T Bell Laboratories and IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Dr. Sohraby was asked to join the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) as a full professor, bypassing 2 lower professorship levels, followed by Distinguished Curators’ professorship, the highest rank in the University of Missouri System.  While at UMKC, he continued to independently consult and serve as a SME for various public and private sector organizations in their data science and operation research initiatives, including data modeling, data mining, forecasting, complex statistical analysis, and optimization. He was responsible for presenting the complex analysis findings, both verbally and in written report.  He is an articulate communicator experienced in delivering insightful presentations and strengthening relationships through personable interfacing with business partners, peers, and senior leadership. 
 He has published more than 100 papers in reputable technical journals and conferences, and has supervised many postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students.  He served as the Principal Investigator (PI) on approximately $3M grants and contracts while in academia from the most competitive sources following extensive funding proposal preparations.
 Dr. Sohraby has served in various leadership and management/executive positions in academia including Ph.D. Discipline Head, Dept. Chair, and Dean. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in state of Missouri.
Dr. Sohraby and his family live in Overland Park, KS.

Ahmad Awad

Dr. Ahmad Awad is a Board Certified Nephrologist and Internal Medicine doctor, practicing medicine for over 15 years.
Dr. Awad earned his osteopathic medicine degree in 1994 from the Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. He went on to complete an Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Following the completion of his doctoral studies, Dr. Awad joined Kansas City Kidney Consultants. He has a special interest in the epidemiologic and demographic reasons for the progression of kidney disease and its effect on the cardiac disease.
Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. Awad is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, private consulting nephrologist at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, President of the National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri, and Chair of the Early Intervention Program at the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Awad has written guidelines for the primary care physician on early detection and diagnosis of kidney disease, which received the KIDOQI Seal of Approval. He was also appointed by Missouri Governor, for the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force in November of 2007.
He has also co-authored several medical publications and directed several clinical research trials.


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Nowrouz 1397 Celebration in Kansas

Dear Iranian Community and Friends,
Among Aria Group KC’s goals is to provide affordable social events and programs to the Iranian Community and friends in Kansas City.  This goal can only achieved through our nonprofit organization platform that allows us to receive such generous donations as we have this year.   For instance, we would have had to charge a $63 ticket price in order to break even for this year’s Norooz celebration with Hamid Talebzadeh, Saba Group and Atash, but by using donation funds we were able to reduce the ticket price for you to $35.  We would like to give a warm thanks to those who donated to Aria Group KC. 

If you would like to donate, please contact us at (816) 536-3343 or email us at ariagroupkc@gmail.com.

One of the keys for a successful nonprofit organization is transparency.  Please find the financial detailed aspect of the Norooz 1397 celebration for your review.

Thank you for joining us at Aria Group KC’s 5th annual Norooz celebration on March 17th, 2018 and for your continued support and enthusiasm. It was a team effort by Aria Group KC (www.Ariagroupkc.com) members and we would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication in supporting this annual event. We would also like to thank Mr. Hamid Talebzadeh & his band, Saba band and Atash dance group who made the event so enjoyable and memorable. Thanks to Mr. Hossein Khademolreza for his photography/videography for the event. Thanks to Mr. Manuchehr Kassaei for sharing event information and online support of ticket sells at www.persiankc.com
We would like to give a warm thanks to those who donated to Aria Group KC. Their contributions and support are deeply appreciated. Finally, but not least, we would like to specially thank Dr. Ahmed Awad & his wife, Merhnoosh Paziresh, for their very generous donation, without which this event would not have been possible!
Here is a short video of our Norooz celebration and fun evening. Happy Norooz and we hope to see you all at our future events!

Norouz 1394 - Haji Firouz
Norouz 1395
Nowruz the Iranian and Zoroastrian New Year's day, is celebrated on March 21st - the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. It is also the first day of the Zoroastrian Khorshidi (solar) year.
​Nowruz is a national holiday celebrated by Iranians of virtually all ethnicities and religions. Celebrations may date back to Cyrus the Great’s reign in the sixth century B.C. Many of the season’s traditions have roots in Zoroastrianism, an ancient monotheistic faith still practiced by some 25,000 in Iran.
Haji Firooz Haji Firooz is a fictional Persian character symbolizing happiness who heralds Norooz.  Wearing a bright red costume and playing a tambourine, Haji Firooz spreads good cheer and ushers in the New Year singing and dancing through the streets.
Haft Seen Table One of the most important Nowruz traditions is setting the haft seen table, which includes seven symbolic items all starting the with an “s” sound:
•  Sabzeh (sprouted wheat grass): For rebirth and renewal
•  Samanu (sweet pudding): For affluence and fertility
•  Senjed (sweet, dried lotus tree fruit): For love  
•  Serkeh (vinegar): For patience and wisdom gained through aging
•  Sir (garlic): For medicine and maintaining good health
•  Sib (apples): For health and beauty
•  Sumac (crushed spice made from reddish berries): For recalling the sunrise


Additional items on the table include:
•  Mirror: To reflect on the past year
•  Live goldfish in a bowl: To represent new life
•  Orange in a bowl of water: To symbolize the Earth
•  Decorated eggs: For fertility
•  Coins: For future prosperity
•  Books of classical poetry and/or the Koran: For spirituality

Fire Jumping
On the last Wednesday of the year, Iranians set up bonfires in public places and leap over the flames in a ritual, Chahar Shanbeh Soori, thought to ensure good health for the year. People sing the following song addressing the fire while jumping:
Give me your beautiful red color and take back my sickly pallor!