By Michael Melkonian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
LOS ANGELES — On September 23, the fourth annual Bridge of Health Guyn (Color) Gala was held at the Great Caesar Banquet Hall in Tujunga. People from all backgrounds, many of them young adults, and from across the country, congregated with the goal of raising awareness and funds to benefit children in Armenia battling cancer. Guests included the city of Glendale Mayor Zareh Sinanyan, film actor Ken Davitian, and writer and publisher of the California Courier, Harut Sassounian.
Master of Ceremonies Tatevik Ekezian kicked off the gala with her the opening remarks as she provided an overview of the Bridge of Health organization and its mission of helping pediatric cancer patients at various stages of need including diagnostic, recovery, and drug funding. This non-profit organization is the link which connects pediatric cancer patients in Armenia with the financial means necessary for optimal care and recovery.
Ekezian then introduced the opening entertainers of the evening’s program. Comedians Mary Basmadjian and Michael Passion entertained the assembled with jokes and impersonations while drawing roaring laughter from the audience. Guests dined as the internationally acclaimed virtuoso guitarist Vahagni serenaded them with classical music.
The Armenia Chapter President of the Bridge of Health, Anahit Barseghyan, was then called upon to speak. Barseghyan shared her emotional story as she described receiving the news that her young son had developed cancer and her gratitude to the Bridge of Health for coming into their lives and funding the treatments which eventually cured him.