By Florence Avakian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
PARAMUS, N.J. — More than 250 friends and supporters of the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) on Saturday, November 18, celebrated its 70th anniversary in grand style. The event was held under the auspices of Eastern Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian at the Terrace at Biagio’s.
Guests included Armenia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Zohrab Mnatsakanian and his wife Irina Igitkhanyan, philanthropists and sponsors of this anniversary, Nazar and Artemis Nazarian, and TCA leaders Edmond Azadian and Hagop Kassardjian. Representatives of several organizations were present, including the Armenian Diocese, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenia Fund, the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Armenian National Committee of America.
Following a reception and the singing of the American and Armenian national anthems by Jeny Sarian, the Very Rev. Oshagan Gulgulian of Sts. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian Church of Wynnewood, Penn., offered the invocation, adding, “I am also a Tekeyan member and a graduate of the Vahan Tekeyan School in Beirut.”