YEREVAN — On October 16, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received Armenian American businessman Harry Toufayan and his wife, Susan, who were accompanied by President of the “Pyunik” Pan-Armenian Human Resources Development Foundation Gabriel Jemberjian.
The minister praised the Toufayan’s benevolent acts for preservation of the Armenian identity in the Armenian-American community and in the Homeland.
“Your parents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide, settled in Egypt and had a bakery. In 1963, you moved to the United States of America and successfully continued what your parents started, and today, you are famous for the Toufayan trademark.”
The minister praised the fact that Toufayan donates to many programs and projects aimed at preserving Armenian culture.
“You sponsored the construction of the Holy Resurrection Church in Orlando and the Harry and Susan Toufayan Armenian Center in Echmiadzin where there are soup kitchens for socially disadvantaged citizens. You also helped build a kindergarten in the Zangakatun village of Ararat province, and you provide scholarships to youth making progress in the Zangakatun village,” the minister noted. “You have carried out several charitable acts that have contributed to the strengthening and development of Armenia.”