Sam and Aida Bejakian Host Evening to Thank New Supporters of Heritage Park

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WINCHESTER, Mass. — More than 60 new supporters of Armenian Heritage Park were guests of Sam and Aida Bejakian on Friday, February 5, at their Winchester home. The dinner reception was for the Armenian Heritage Foundation to extend appreciation to the newest supporters of Armenian Heritage Park. The evening was the second in a series to thank new supporters of $1,000 and above.

Sam Bejakian welcomed the guests to his home, with his wife, Aida, by his side. He spoke of the importance of the park and extended his appreciation to all attending for their commitment and support of this important “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

James Kalustian, president of the Armenian Heritage Foundation, in turn extended his appreciation to the Bejakians for their hospitality. He gave a brief update of the progress of the park and extended thanks to all for their commitment and support.

Lead and major gifts supporters will be announced within the next several months. An All Gifts Campaign will be launched in March to encourage the support and participation of all members of the community, at all levels of support.

To date, close to $5 million has been raised to benefit Armenian Heritage Park and its endowed funds. An additional $1 million is required to both construct and endow the park’s ongoing care, maintenance and annual reconfiguration of the sculpture. Annually, the endowed lecture on Human Rights in collaboration with the Bostonian Society will be held at Faneuil Hall. Internationally recognized scholars and leaders will be invited to speak. The series has been fully endowed by one of our philanthropic families.

Armenian Heritage Park is located between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park on the Greenway. The park includes lawns, benches, fountains, shade trees as well as two key features, a labyrinth and sculpture, both to engage and delight children and adults.

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The labyrinth, a circular winding path in grass and inlaid stone with a single jet of water at its center, is symbolic of life’s journey and in celebration of Armenian achievements in art, science, commerce and service.

The sculpture, a 12-sided abstract geometric sculpture — a split rhombic dodecahedron — rests on a 16-foot diameter reflecting pool to commemorate the lives lost in the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and all genocides that have followed and to celebrate those who left their country of origin and reconfigured their lives in this country in new and different ways. The waters of the reflecting pool wash over its sides commemorating lives lost and re-emerges as the single jet of water at the labyrinth’s center, representing hope and rebirth.

Annually, the sculpture will be reconfigured to commemorate lives lost and to celebrate all who came to these shores and reinvented themselves in creative and new ways. The annual reconfiguration with endless changing views will also bring wonder and delight.

Construction to build Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway is slated to be completed by the fall 2010.

For sponsorship information and key naming opportunities, please call or e-mail Jim Kalustian (781) 777-2407, jkalu@comcast.net; Charles Guleserian (617) 484-6100, mgmcos@msn.com; Haig Deranian (617) 484-2215, dhkd@comcast.net, Walter Nahabedian (781) 891-7249, wnaha@verizon.net or Dr. Jack Kasarjian (617) 232-6350.

Visit www.ArmenianHeritagePark.net for further information.

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