BURBANK—The Armenian National Committee of America, Burbank hosted its annual Armenian Christmas reception on January 7. In attendance were members of the City Council, several City officials, candidates for Burbank elections and representatives of several state and federal government offices, as well as members of the organizations that call new Burbank Youth Center home.
The festive evening began with remarks by Zareh Khachatourian, who welcomed the guests and described the exciting opportunities available at the Burbank Youth Center. Mayor of Burbank, Dave Golonski, congratulated ANCA-B and the entire Armenian community for the efforts that culminated in the new Youth Center, and expressed his best wishes for the future of the community. Guests were then invited to enjoy the food and explore the Youth Center, which provides a basketball court, offices, and meeting spaces.
Overall, the evening was celebratory, yet productive. “I would like to thank our city officials for attending our annual event and showing support to our Center and its activities, setting an example for our youth to become exemplary citizens of their community,” stated Ara Boyadjian, chairman of the Christmas reception organizing committee. “Events such as this provide an opportunity to interact and discuss important issues with our elected official in a fun, casual atmosphere. It is through the support of our local, state, and federal officials that the ANCA-B is able to continue to serve the community, and provide resources for our youth. We are pleased to always receive such a great turnout,” added Boyadjian.
The Armenian National Committee of America, Burbank advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.