By Alin K. Gregorian
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Warriors come in all shapes, sizes and ages. For the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA), the term defines a trio of women who have stood by the Assembly since its inception almost 40 years ago. On Thursday, May 16, the organization paid tribute to Ann Hintlian, Virginia Ohanian and Nevart Talanian at an elegant reception high atop the Hyatt Hotel, during which each of the three received the organization’s Distinguished Humanitarian Award.
The program featured tributes to the three, as well as a visit from current US Rep. Edward Markey (D-Ma) and current candidate to fill the Senate seat of John Kerry, who was appointed as Secretary of State by President Barack Obama.
During the program, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian spoke about entering the race for the US House seat of Markey, should he win the Senate race.
The program was started by Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian, who introduced Koutoujian, the program’s master of ceremonies. Kaprielian, a former colleague of Koutoujian in the Massachusetts State House, called him her “khnami,” or family. She showered him with praise, saying he was “doing incredible things that have never been done” by someone in that office, including bringing a more enlightened approach, such as turning an unused room into a chapel for reflection and prayer.