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Memorial 5K to Honor Drunk Driving Victim

The Dec. 3 race through the streets of Beverly Hills is being held to remember BHHS student Vahagn Setian.

A memorial 5K run/walk will take place Dec. 3 in memory of Beverly Hills High School student , who was killed in a 2006 car crash. The driver of the car in which Setian was riding, actor Lane Garrison, later pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and two other alcohol-related charges.

“This is an event where our community and the police can come together to remember someone very dear to many—and celebrate life,” Vahagn’s father Karén Setian said in an email to Patch. 

The first-time 5K run/walk, which is being organized by the nonprofit Vahagn Setian Charitable Foundation and volunteers from the , is taking place on the fifth anniversary of Vahagn’s death. 

“From the day of its creation, [the Vahagn Setian Charitable Foundation] has been involved with educating our youth of the consequences of their actions and encouraging them to make wise and healthy decisions,” Setian said. 

The gathering place before and after the walk, as well as the check-in booth, is at the “boat court” below the Beverly Hills police station in Civic Center Plaza. Participation is free of charge, but donations are welcome.

At 8:30 a.m., members of the BHPD Baker to Vegas relay team will inaugurate the course. The run starts at North Rexford Drive and Park Way, heads east on Park Way, then north on North Oakhurst Drive to Cynthia Street, continuing north to Sunset Boulevard, then west on Sunset Boulevard and south on North Alpine Drive back to Park Way. The last runners will be allowed to start the course no later than 10:30 a.m.

Event sponsors include Wells Fargo, The Peninsula of Beverly Hills, Tom Ford, M. Kantor of Beverly Hills and the Lili & Jon Bosse family. The check-in booth as well as those for the Vahagn Setian Charitable Foundation, Beverly Hills Police Officers Association and Wells Fargo will be at the boat court as will gourmet food trucks and live jazz music. The event is being held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Karén Setian at ksetian@VahagnFoundation.org or call 310-993-5424. Additional information is also available on the foundation's website.

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Tom Pease November 29, 2011 at 03:27 AM
I think that this is a wonderful way to honor the legacy of a life that ended far too soon. I'll be there walking and hope my friends will join in.
Beverly Hills Firefighters' Association November 30, 2011 at 05:04 AM
The Beverly Hills Firemen's Association will be there! At least 5 members will be running to support the Vahagn Foundation.
Barry Brucker November 30, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I will be there and urge the entire community to come out and support this event. We salute Health and Safety Commissioner Karen Setian who has been a champion on educating our young people in making good choices. Barry Brucker, Mayor

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