WEST HARRISON, N.Y. — The Eastern Diocese’s annual Awards Banquet went forward in a family-like setting of mutual admiration, affection, and encouragement, on the evening of Friday, May 4 at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in West Harrison, NY.
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian presided over the banquet, which was hosted by the St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains. In the course of the evening, several distinguished individuals were applauded for their support of the Armenian Church and community.
The banquet was the culmination of the 116th Assembly of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), and was thematically linked to the 50th anniversary celebration of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral.
It was a night that acknowledged history — and made some history, as well, as it marked the first public event for the new Primate-elect of the Eastern Diocese, the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan.
Maria Stepanian, who chaired the host parish committee, gave a gracious welcome in which she recalled her upbringing in the church, and expressed her personal gratitude to Archbishop Barsamian as he departed from the role of Primate after having served for 28 years.
Diocesan Assembly chair Diran Jebejian toasted the “amazing moment the Armenian Church finds itself in tonight,” referencing both the new era of leadership for the Diocese, and the stunning events transpiring concurrently in the Republic of Armenia.