WASHINGTON — Soorp Khatch Church of Bethesda, Md. recently celebrated its 53rd anniversary gala dinner, which was attended by nearly 200 parishioners. Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan presided over this truly special event, and was recognized for his 50 years of service to the Armenian Church.
Jerair and Anahid Nishanian served as the honorary co-chairs for the evening.
Also speaking at the event were Deputy Chief of Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the United States Hrachia Tashchian as well as the Representative of the Republic of Artsakh to the US Robert Avetisyan.
Choloyan presented Letters of Recognition to Arsen Sayan, Ara Sahagian, Rose Balian and Hinazant Arabian.
One of the highlights for the evening was a medley of traditional Armenian Songs performed by Emma Soghomonian and Pamela Tossounian. They were accompanied by Armik Khachatourians on drums and Mihran Kochyan on oud. The national anthems, Star Spangled Banner and Mer Hairenik, were performed by Sareen Balian and Arya Balian.
Anto Tossounian was master of ceremonies.