By Florence Avakian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
PARAMUS, N.J. — The anniversary of any exemplary organization is one to be remembered, but when it is one named after a legendary cultural icon, and dedicated to preserving and enhancing the culture of a people, it is one to be honored and celebrated in grand style.
The 70th anniversary banquet of the Tekeyan Cultural Associate (TCA) will take place on Saturday evening November 18, at the Terrace at Biagio’s, 299 Paramus Road, under the auspices of the Eastern Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian
For this 70th Platinum Anniversary, a number of notable features will take place, including 6 P.M. cocktails and a silent auction with valuable prizes – tickets to special events, rugs, jewelry, electronics, as well as a sumptuous dinner and live entertainment and dancing by Elie Berberian and Ensemble. Several personalities who have been associated with the organization for decades will be featured at this gala event.
Honorees will be grand benefactors of the banquet, and lifelong Tekeyan members and supporters Artemis and Nazar Nazarian, whose TCA ties have been nurtured by their families since childhood. Artemis who was born in Aleppo, Syria, and came with her family to Boston at the age of 2, learned to read and write Armenian in the Ramgavar (ADL) building. In a conversation, she related her pride in having five clergymen in her family, the most distinguished of whom was former Jerusalem Patriarch and Diocesan Primate Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan. Her uncle, Garabed Sulahian, was head of the ADL, she related.