By Nanor Hartounian
MILFORD, N.J. — On Saturday, April 2, the Tekeyan Cultural Association Greater New York (TCA-GNY) chapter hosted a program by Joëlle, an Armenian children’s music singer from Montreal, Canada, for an Easter Party celebration at Hovnanian School.
This was the second time the chapter has organized a children’s event featuring Joëlle, who was joined onstage by 7 young Armenian dancers and the Easter Bunny. After singing and dancing with Joëlle and the Easter Bunny, the children took memorable pictures with the performers and won over 30 exciting raffle prizes. The event drew up to 200 guests and was a beautiful way to celebrate the upcoming Easter festivities.
Joëlle has been keeping Armenian youth connected to their cultural roots through her songs for years. Born in Lebanon, she has a strong passion for kids and music. Joëlle has written the lyrics and composed the melodies of many of her songs. She has also released a miniseries on YouTube entitled “Sorvink Hayeren,” an Armenian educational program where children learn about different interesting topics.
This event would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of its dancers and event committee members. The TCA-GNY chapter thanks talented dancers Andreas, Grace, Hagop, Mila, Perla, Reya, and Sophia for helping Joëlle put on an incredible show. The chapter also wishes to thank the Joëlle event committee members for their unwavering support in making this event a success. Many thanks to Anita Atamian, Talia Bouldukian, Katia Buchakjian, Nanor Hartounian, Arev Karajelian, Tsoler Panossian, and Serli Tasci, in addition to TCA-GNY chapter board members Taleen Babayan, Sylvia Buzantian, Hilda Hartounian, Vartan Ilanjian, Barkev Kalayjian, Shoghig Medzadurian, and Serge Panossian.
Easter Party with Joëlle represents the first event of the year dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Tekeyan Cultural Association in Beirut, Lebanon. To honor this incredible milestone, the TCA-GNY chapter is organizing a Diamond Anniversary Gala to take place on Saturday, October 15, in New Jersey. More details will be announced shortly.