Fenway Park Is Setting For Heritage Park Bash

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By Tom Vartabedian

BOSTON — For decades, Fenway Park has been more than just a ball park; it has been a site for ever-springing hopes of diehard Red Sox fans.

Soon it will host a benefit party for the Armenian Heritage Park Endowment.

Veteran sports announcer Bob Lobel, at the invitation of Precision Fitness Equipment’s David Aykanian, will headline a program on Thursday, November 17, when organizers lay out the red carpet for a fund-raiser for the Armenian Heritage Park, currently under construction on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Lobel will be available for informal sports talk, most likely commenting on his take on the Red Sox demise during September and the New England Patriots’ quest toward a Super Bowl.

A tour of Fenway Park will also take place for higher-end party supporters. A brief program will extend gratitude to former Transportation Secretary Jeff Mullan for his leadership. An open bar, hors d’oeuvres and music by the John Baboian Quintet will enhance the evening.

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For reservations and other details, visit www.ArmenianHeritagePark.org or call Charles Guleserian at (617) 484-6100.

The park is currently in the final phases of construction and commemorates the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and all genocides and celebrates the immigrant experience and contributions made to American life and culture.

It is scheduled for completion next spring, culminating a $6.2-million endeavor which began in 2006 to design and construct the park and to endow public programs, including the October 20 lecture on human rights at Faneuil Hall, annual reconfiguration of the sculpture and the park’s ongoing care and maintenance.

Groundbreaking took place last September with the participation of Gov. Deval Patrick and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.

“We are all focused upon raising the final $500,000 by the end of the year to meet the endowment goal. The generous support of 15 church communities has greatly enhanced our efforts in the true spirit of unity and collaboration,” said benefit Chairman George Elanjian. “Over 30 organizations initially stepped forward to see this park reach its fruition. It’s a testament to their generosity and adherence. The entire Armenian-American community is stepping forward.”