CARS Celebrates Anniversary With Exhibit

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LIVINGSTON, N.J. — On Friday, June 2, St. Mary Armenian Church was host to an art exhibit and lecture at the church’s Toufayan Hall.

More than 80 people attended the talk about “The role of Constantinople, Istanbul, in the History of Armenian Culture,” with slides and pictures, in English and Armenian. Sevan Araz efficiently and effortlessly translated the Armenian to English. A first to him and new for the Armenian Community…

Levon Lachikyan, is an active member of the Constantinople Armenian Relief Society (CARS) team and is closely involved with the Hintliyan School, built in 2005, in Tavoush Marz, Armenia.

On May 25, CARS celebrated its 90th Anniversary, at St. Vartan Cathedral, with a concert, featuring the participation of 13 sister organizations.

The Hrant Dink Oratorio performance was a huge success. For its 90 years of educational and charitable contribution, Armenia’s Diaspora Ministry had bestowed CARS with a Gold Medal and Prof. Levon Lachikyan, had taken the responsibility for bringing and transfering this award. The June 2 Event provided the medium.

Tamar Kayseryan, the president of CARS (and the Concert Committee); Berc Araz, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Levon Capan, past president and member of Board of Trustees, Levon Antreasyan and Armine Araz, members of Board of Directors were present. Together, they accepted the medal, the corresponding Certificate also a very special gift from the Hintliyan students, on paper an ornamented hand work, colorful flower, were presented to CARS. The atmosphere was very festive.

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The art exhibition raised $1,300 to benefit Gyumri’s needy families.

During the Event, Lachikyan presented a print to Rev. Arakel Vardazarian titled “ Dzidzarnagapert, The Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex.”

–Berc Araz

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