BURLINGTON, Mass. — The 90th anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator culminated on Saturday, October 28 in a sold-out gala at the Boston Burlington Marriott, featuring celebrity comedian Sona Movsesian as master of ceremonies, and talks by four nationally prominent journalists, as well as entrepreneur and philanthropist Noubar Afeyan. The a cappella trio Zulal leavened the evening’s talks with the dulcet sounds of traditional Armenian music, while money was raised not only to support the Mirror-Spectator but to aid Artsakh Armenians. Awards were presented in recognition of decades of service and excellence.
Armenians from New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, the Mid-West, Washington, and further afield, including leaders of various Armenian organizations, an honorary consul of Armenia, guests who were the third generation of faithful readers of the Mirror-Spectator, and others who were new readers of the paper in its online or mobile app versions, first gathered at a reception which included guitar music.
After the Mirror-Spectator’s 90th Anniversary Gala Committee Chair Nicole Babikian Hajjar welcomed the guests in the main hall, four Armenian clergymen from all three Christian denominations, Fr. Arakel Aljalian, Fr. Ghazar Bedrossian, Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, and Rev. Dikran Youmshakian, began the evening’s formal program with prayers in Armenian and English dedicated to the Armenians of Artsakh and said grace. Hajjar expressed deep appreciation to the Afeyan Family Foundation for its leadership role as the Benefactor Host for the gala as well as two of the Event Patrons – the Vahe Fattal Foundation, and Carolyn Mugar.
Hajjar introduced Movsesian, who immediately lived up to her reputation by Barbara relating several witty anecdotes. Movsesian also confessed that articles about her in the Mirror-Spectator are the only ones that her mother will proudly post on Facebook.
Mirror-Spectator Managing Editor Aram Arkun announced that though Sheriff Peter Koutoujian of Middlesex County could not be present in person that evening, the sheriff had sent a special framed certificate in recognition of the 90th anniversary of the Mirror-Spectator. Arkun went on to present Alin K. Gregorian, Mirror-Spectator editor for nearly a quarter of a century, with an award for excellence in journalism, praising her steadfastness in maintaining journalistic standards, consistent sympathy for the underdog, as and wicked sense of humor. After some remarks of appreciation, Gregorian spoke about the work of Armenian newspapers, so important in the current climate after the 2020 Artsakh war and the recent capitulation of Artsakh.