‘Be Modest and Don’t Expect Anything in Return for Your Efforts’

Surprise birthday celebration for Jasik Jarahian raises over $25,000 for the ARS ‘Heart to Heart’ Fund

GLENDALE–Over 480 Armenian Relief Society (ARS) and community members joined the organization’s Regional Executive to celebrate dedicated member Jasik Jarahian’s surprise birthday celebration on June 14–at Glendale’s Brandview Collection. Well wishers spent a joyous evening with the guest of honor and–in lieu of gifts–donated to the ARS "Heart to Heart" Fund.

Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian officiated–and welcomed Jarahian who was there under the pretense of her granddaughter’s graduation party. His Eminence commended Jasik for her outstanding dedication to the community.

ARS-WR Regional Executive vice Chair Sona Madarian introduced the honoree and special guests.

She thanked Jasik’s brother–Garen Beniasians–for his generosity and her mother–Ophelia–for helping her to be active in the community. She commended Jasik for her dedication and appreciated all her efforts towards the ARS–the community–and the homeland.

Speaking on behalf of the family–Beniasians thanked the ARS-WR Regional Executive for hosting the event–and the difficult task of surprising his ever astute sister. "I am very proud of my sister Jasik," he noted.

ARS Regional Board member Anahid Meymarian spoke behalf of the ARS Central Executive–followed by representatives of other organizations who commented on their long-time fascination with Jasik’s outstanding achievemen’s and tireless abilities.

Calling her the driving force behind the regional executive–former ARS Regional Executive Board Chairs Nova Hindoyan–Sonia Peltekian–Maro Chalian–Helen Keosian–and Salpy Hatsbanian highly commended Jarahian’s efforts in implementing ARS Regional projects.

Thanking everyone for their support–Regional Executive Board Chair Angela Savoian praised Jasik for being that special person the Board has consistently depended on to implement the numerous programs in the Region. On behalf of the Regional Executive Board Members–Savoian presented a diamond Armenian letter "J" pendant to the honoree.

Jarahian said her age will never hinder her dedication or energy for the ARS–and added she would continue serving her community until the day she is physically not able. She thanked everyone present–family–friends–and organizational colleagues–including ARS chapter members who came in great numbers. "Always respect and love each other–be modest and don’t expect anything in return for your efforts," Jasik said.

With family and friends gathered around the table for the cake cutting ceremony–the evening was a resounding success. Over $25,000 was donated for the "Heart to Heart" fund.

Guests included ARF Central Committee members–ANC Board members–elected officials from the city of Glendale–ARF Aharonian Chapter–Armenian Educational Foundation–Homenetmen Central and Regional Executives–St. Mary’s Church Parish Priests and Board of Trustees–Armenian Society of Los Angeles–and Bone Marrow Registry Board members. ARS Social Services Director and staff–ARS Psychological Center Director–and ARS chapter executives and members were also present.

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