By Taleen Babayan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
NEW YORK — On Friday, January 15, more than 400 people gathered to honor Dr. Edgar Housepian, a man whose work has had a major impact on neurological research in the United States and changed the medical landscape of Armenia. The evening also marked the 20th anniversary of the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), which Housepian helped found in the aftermath of the devastating 1988 earthquake in Armenia.
The event was held at the exquisite Cipriani Wall Street Restaurant, the former headquarters of the National City Bank and the New York Stock Exchange building until the mid-19th century. Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided.
Dr. Tavit Najarian serving as master of ceremonies for the evening, welcomed and thanked everyone for their support of the 20th anniversary of FAR.
Chairman of FAR’s Board of Directors, Randy Sapah-Gulian, said he has been fortunate enough to work with Housepian on FAR’s board for the past five years. He noted that throughout FAR’s 20 years under the leadership of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and the support of Karekin II, FAR has invested close to $200 million toward projects in Armenia.
Sapah-Gulian shared the stories of people whose lives FAR has touched, including a graduate of FAR’s Gumri Technology Center, a resident of FAR’s Vanadzor Old Age Home and a young girl who found shelter at FAR’s Child Protection Center.