By Tom Vartabedian
BOSTON — Throughout the past century, Fenway Park has served as the home of the Boston Red Sox with many an auspicious moment to be celebrated. Now it has served as the center of another attraction — the much-anticipated Armenian Heritage Park.
A crowd of 250 turned out November 17 on the upper deck of the stadium for a fundraising reception that raised $100,000 in endowment money. The proceeds inched closer to the $6.2 million goal, which is expected to be met by April 24 when a Genocide observance is planned on the site, culminating a near-decade dream.
The memorial is currently under construction on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, within proximity of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. It will pay tribute to the 1.5 million martyrs as well as those immigrants who distinguished themselves in all phases of the Armenian community while adding to the richness of American life and culture.
“It’s people like you that will make it possible to create the endowments for programs in this park, including the perpetual care and maintenance,” George Elanjian, chairman, All Gifts Campaign, told the gathering. “When finished, this park will be the jewel of the RFK Greenway which will reflect our past, present and future.”