100 KM Tribute Kicks Off

Wine on a hiking trail

GLENDALE—A wine and cheese reception, slated for Oct. 19, marks the start of fundraising associated with the 100 km tribute honoring Armenian Genocide martyrs.

Each participant in the 100km walk or bicycle ride will gather sponsors, much like any walkathon. But, organizers are cognizant of the fact that not everyone can spare four days for walking or a full day of riding over Thanksgiving weekend to honor their lost relatives. This reception offers people with time constraints a different way to contribute to an important Genocide centennial event.

Anahid and Roupen Harmadayan have opened their home for this reception on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Anahid’s heartfelt observation that “hosting the Kickoff Wine and Cheese event for the 100 km tribute walk and ride is the least we could do to honor our lost relatives,” conveys the profound seriousness marking the organizers’ approach.

Anyone interested in joining this exciting project through the reception should RSVP to Anahid (818/425-1325) or Roupen (818/425-0378), or via e-mail—ana.gallentz@hotmail.com.

Already, support is coming in for the reception. Greg Kurdoglanyan is contributing the wine, Euro Caffé—desserts, Koko Artin—fruits, Akel’s Jewelry—appetizers, and an anonymous donor—the cheese.

“We’re humbled by the outpouring of assistance we’re getting so soon after starting our efforts,” observed Roupen. “Anahid and I are looking forward to seeing many of our old friends and meeting new people at the kickoff reception.”

Anyone interested in participating or following developments about the Tribute is encouraged to check on Facebook. The organizers may be contacted as well: Armenian Hikers Association at armenianhikersassociationla@yahoo.com or on Facebook; Armenian Hiking Society; Armenian Cycling Association at Aca@armeniancycling.org; or call 818/434-5952.

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