LOS ANGELES — On Friday, March 16, parents, teachers, students, supporters and guests of Tekeyan Cultural Association’s (TCA) Arshag Dickranian School (ADS) gathered at the Taglyan Cultural Complex to enjoy the school’s 31st Annual Dinner Dance, organized by the Parent-Teacher Organization and catered by Divine Catering.
Among the guests attending the event were Vardan and Kristina Mkryan, the guests of honor of the event, benefactor Dr. Petros Taglyan, benefactor Hmayak Baltayan and school board members.
The celebration started with welcoming remarks by Houri Taglyan-Kourouyan, the incoming chairperson of the Parent-Teacher Organization who greeted Rev. Manoug Markarian and guests to the event.
Singer Gagik Badalyan entertained the guests with Armenian folksongs, which was followed by Armenian and foreign dance music provided by DJ Switch.
The guests of honor were invited to cut the cake which was provided in celebration of the 31st anniversary of the school, after which Taglyan-Kourouyan presented a blooming tree which symbolized the “Tree of Life” of ADS, inviting Principal Vartkes Kourouyan to call upon those who wished to hang tokens that represented their contribution to the school. Individuals who donated to the school were: Vardan and Kristina Mkryan $6,000; Arthur and Lusine Nalbandyan $1,000; Hmayak Baltayan $1,000; the Shishikyan brothers $1,000; Dr. Missak and Armine Kltchian $1,000; Slavik and Taguhi Agekyan $1,000; Mike and Elmira Nadjarian $1,000; Armen and Nuritsa Mkhsian in memory of Levon Mkhsian $1,000; Rev. Archpriest Manoug Markarian $750; the Yerelek family $500; Lucy Taglyan in memory of her late husband, Dr. Yeghia Taglyan, $200, student Zaven Nalbandyan $200; student Harout Bogosyan $200; Armani Sarkissian $100; student Alec Kourouyan $100; Hovsep and Irina Karadjian $100; Tigran Hekimyan $100; George Nalbandyan $100; Harout Boyadjian $100; Avetik Agekyan $100; Harout Bambalyan $100; Hagop Shishikyan $100; Jack Mkrtchyan $100; Luiza Hekimyan $100 and Lucy Bambalyan $100. Other donors who made contributions for this occasion but were not present were 12th graders Arthur Karapetyan $75 and Shant Ogtanyan $50, 11th graders
ram Ekimyan $150 and Lucy Tekneyan $50 and the Seropyan Family $50.
“I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Vardan and Kristina Mkryan and all our supporters and donors for their contributions,” said Taglyan-Kourouyan. “I would also like to thank the PTO members for their selfless devotion and diligence in preparing this event. Thank you all for such a successful event.” She then stated that Garen Taglyan, manager of the Taglyan Cultural Complex and an alumnus of Arshag Dickranian School, had given a substantial discount in availing the premises for the event. She noted that the proceeds of the banquet support the school’s scholarship funds.
Finally, the guests took to the dance floor until the early hours of the morning.
For more information visit the school website at www.dickranianschool.org.