By Aram Arkun
WATERTOWN — The Ararat Lodge of the Knights of Vartan held their fifth annual charity fundraiser dinner on September 15 at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center. Once again this year’s attendance and funds raised for charity broke previous records, with 328 guests in attendance. Guests enjoyed steak, lobster, drinks and cigars with Armenian camaraderie while supporting worthy local Armenian institutions. Noted comedian Lenny Clarke, for a second year in a row, served as auctioneer and provided a mini version of his nightclub act.
Clarke in a brief interview before the start of the evening, declared, “I have never had a bad experience with an Armenian. They are just wonderful people, a great close-knit community.” He praised the organizers, and said, “What they do with this event is wonderful. They are raising so much money for the school… It is an amazing event. You can smoke cigars, which is great, and you have a delicious dinner. It makes for a nice night.”
He added, “One thing that I find is that the Armenians get me, which is great. That is so encouraging. … I find the Armenians want to laugh and they are very open, so if you are funny they enjoy you.” Clarke announced the event on the radio, and no doubt this attracted new guests.