LOS ANGELES — The significance and value of education was championed among dedicated philanthropists in the picturesque setting of the Mr. C Beverly Hills on Sunday, May 19, during the Donors’ Appreciation Dinner for the Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Scholarship Fund.
The backbone of every nation, education has been key in not only the survival, but the growth and cultivation of Armenia, a country that has weathered many storms yet emerged with strength and prowess. The emphasis placed on education throughout its history has allowed for the social and economic development of its citizens in the homeland and the Diaspora, creating a symbiotic relationship necessary for the endurance of its people.
This belief in education as a major force in the security of a nation was the impetus for the establishment of the Archbishop Derderian Scholarship Fund, founded in 2012 with the mission to provide Armenian students in the Diaspora with financial aid in order to attend Armenian schools. To date, over $200,000 has been donated to needy families both within the United States and abroad. The Donors’ Appreciation Dinner, in a buoyant and jovial atmosphere, provided the platform to thank donors for their contributions and to outline future plans, ensuring that the advancement of the Scholarship Fund reaches new heights.
“We believe that not one child should be left behind,” said Alice Chakrian, chair of the Archbishop Derderian Scholarship Fund. “Because of all of you, our dream became a reality and we have changed lives, realized hope and answered the prayers of parents.”
Looking towards the future, Chakrian announced that $100,000 was raised that evening, which will help strengthen the endowment fund, allowing the scholarships to become more sustainable and increase the number of students who can benefit from this initiative. As a special thank you to its contributors, a donor wall will be erected at the Western Diocese, listing the names of supporters, in honor of the upcoming 10th anniversary celebration.
“Please continue believing in our mission and supporting us so we can realize our promise to the Armenian schools,” said Chakrian. She recognized the Fund’s faithful board members and welcomed new individuals who have come on board to assist in fundraising. Chakrian thanked Derderian for his yearly contributions as well as for his ongoing encouragement and support.