GLENDALE — The City of Glendale shows its appreciation to the Armenian American Orphans Children Fund and those who consistently support it.
The Appreciation Night on November 30 gave the City of Glendale and the Armenian American Orphans Disabled Fund an opportunity to express their gratitude to the individuals that have always stood by Armenia. The program was held at the Armenian Society of Los Angeles.
We were honored to host a variety of esteemed guests, including, Glendale Mayor Vartan Gharapetian, Council member Paula Devine, Council member Vrej Agajanian, former Sheriff Lee Baca and many other distinguished guests. Joining them included main sponsors and committee members who we appreciate and give credit to for constantly supporting the growth of our fund. The Appreciation Night was also a great opportunity to showcase to our advocates the progress the fund has made and also to provide insight into our current project. As the night began, one of our very own board members and President of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles, Hovik Gabikian took the stage and began thanking everyone in attendance. Gabikian also took the time to thank Mr. Ovanes Balayan, the president and the founder of the Armenian American Orphans Children Fund, for all of his efforts and hard work. He explained to everyone in attendance that Balayan started this fund on his own, with the sole purpose of helping the children in Armenia, who are unable to help themselves. Throughout the 18-year journey of the Armenian American Orphans Fund, various committee members have made their own tremendous contributions to the cause. Dr. Vahan Aladadyan, also one of the committee members, presented the finances of our current project in Spitak, Armenia and highlighted to everyone in attendance that we are ahead of schedule. During his presentation, Aladadyan displayed many detailed charts that explained exactly where all the collected money was allocated.
The group’s current project in Spitak, Armenia contains three parts; an elementary school, a recreation center and a basketball gymnasium. The night itself was funded by the main sponsors who generously took it upon themselves to cover the expenses. It was an amazing sight to witness the guests interacting with one another. Many found themselves drinking, eating and laughing with old friends, as well as meeting new ones. As the night progressed, the President of the Armenian American Orphans Disabled Fund, Ovanes Balayan, thanked everyone and invited Mayor Vartan Gharapetian on stage.
Gharapetian began giving out awards and personally thanked those individuals that took it upon themselves to become main sponsors of the Armenian American Orphans Children Fund. The night concluded with Ovanes Balayan taking the stage. He informed everyone about the fund’s future plans and projects that the committee has decided to take on. Balayan also showed a series of videos, that revealed the before and after pictures of all of the projects that the Armenian American Orphans Children fund has contributed to.
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