Community activists—old and young alike—gathered on Thursday at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale for surprise 80th birthday party for long-time community activist, leader and advocate of Hai-Tahd, Manas Boujikian.
In another surprise of the evening, Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian bestowed the Knight of Cilicia Medal on behalf of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilcia to Boujikian, for his years of service and leadership in the community. Boujikian, who was surrounded by family, relatives and friends, was accompanied by his wife, Donalee.
Throughout the evening, well-wishers in attendance made donations to the ANCA 2012 Telethon in lieu of gifts.
Asbarez will have extensive coverage of the event in future editions. Look for it online at asbarez.com.