Back-to-School Celebration Raises $60,000 for Holy Martyrs Cabayan and Ferrahian School

ENCINO—A Back-to-School Celebration Banquet of Holy Martyrs Marie Cabayan and Ferrahian High School took place on Saturday, October 2 at the school’s Avedissian Hall, where more than $60,000 in donation was raised for the school.

The special guests of the evening, benefactors of Holy Martyrs Marie Cabayan Elementary School, Dr. Vatche and Mrs. Shoushig Cabayan and their guests were present at the event. In attendance were close to 300 parents, alumni, faculty and members of the administration.

The official program began with the welcoming remarks of the School Board Secretary, Natalie Hagobian. She invited Rev. Father Razmig Khatchadourian to convey his blessings after which Principal John Kossakian took to the podium. In his remarks, the principal conveyed that in the past the proceeds of this event were earmarked toward the school scholarship fund. This year however a large portion will be devoted toward the preliminary expenses of the elementary school construction project.

School Board Chair, Rafi Kuyumjian acknowledged the benefactors’ contribution and specifically praised Marie Cabayan, Dr. Vatche Cabayan’s mother for her aspiration toward education and Armenian schooling. His Eminence, Prelate Moushegh Mardirossian commended the Cabayans and expressed his total support of the construction project. Dr. Cabayan was then invited to the podium where he shared special memories of his mother’s love and appreciation of education.

The office of Councilman Paul Krekorian presented a plaque of appreciation to the benefactors, listed below:

Back-to-School Night Celebration Donations
Mr. & Mrs. Serop and Arsho Beylerian $ 5000
Mr. & Mrs. Vartkes and Lucine Kassabian 5000
Mr. & Mrs. Ohanes and Madlene Kassabian 5000
Class of 1990 4100
Anonymous 4000
Mr. & Mrs. Ared and Karin Menzilcian 3000
Mr. & Mrs. Kevork and Talin Chakarian 2500
Ferrahian Alumni 2500
Mr. & Mrs. Rafi and Anoush Kuyumjian 2000
Dr. & Mrs. Raffi and Dina Guedikian 2000
Mr. Hovsep and Gladys Benlian 2000
Mr. & Mrs. Vahe and Arda Benlian 2000
Mr. & Mrs. Krikor and Vicky Astourian 1500
Mr. & Mrs. Arto and Melanie Baghdaian 1500
Mr. Bedo Benlian 1000
Mr. & Mrs. Raffi and Ovsana Cahvejian 1000
Mr. & Mrs. Garo and Socie Daghlarian 1000
Mr. & Mrs. Pierre and Dorothy Yenokian 1000
Mr. & Mrs. Sarkis and Siroon Derderian 1000
Anonymous 1000
Anonymous 1000
CBS Productions 1000
Mr. & Mrs. Viken and Seta Aghjayan 1000
Azad and Pauline Sipilian 1000
Dr. & Mrs. Garo and Lida Tchakian 1000
Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm and Ani Kirakosian 1000
Sevan Bakery, Corp. 500
Mr. & Mrs. Sevag and Jackie Ajemian 500
Sevoulig and Yeranig Bastilian 500
Dr. & Mrs. Krikor and Meti Doumanian 500
Mr. & Mrs. John and Mari Guedikian 500
Mr. & Mrs. Levon and Janet Kokonian 500
Mr. & Mrs. Hrach and Eliz Semerjian 500
ARS Anahid Chapter 500
Mr. & Mrs. Misak and Nayiri Balian 350
Anonymous 300
Tanya, Natalie, Christine Samuelian 300
Mr. & Mrs. Robin Alkeine and Jeannine Topalian 200
Mr. & Mrs. Vahe and Peggy Ishkhanian 200
Ms. Lilia Margaryan 200
Talar and Yeghig Yahyayan 200
Mr. & Mrs. John and Marina Kossakian 150
Anonymous 100
Mr. & Mrs. Movses and Aida Baghdaian 100
Mr. Nubar Costantian 100
Mr. & Mrs. Vartkes and Zepure Nalbandian 100
Mr. & Mrs. Elias and Denise Pappas 100
Anonymous 100


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  1. ed said:

    Good news!

    This is not enough simple to ask for donations! Armenian Diaspora and above all Armenian government as well Armenian church should reduce there spending for celebrations – such as Erbuni-Yerevan anniversary and “hotel costs”…

    There are families with kids in Armenia who go hungry into bad and are not able to visit schools because they do not have shoes. Unfortunately, the same authorities are organizing unnecessary big celebration and RA ministers are engaged in creating a new feudal system in villages , villagers in Armenia are becoming form year to year poor, because a couple people with toleration of government do buy hectares of farmland and making villagers to either to become there slaves or live for Yerevan or Russia!!

  2. harout said:

    Make Armenian Schools public for all Armenian children. These staffs including the school principal, if they are fellow Armenians, then they should teach for love, not money!!! In there eye ball they only see $$$ sign. Being a true Armenian is to give to another Armenian.