GLENDALE, CA–Over 150 local supporters, activists, elected officials and community leaders gathered at the K&M Karamanoukian Glendale Youth Center on Wednesday, January 12 for the Armenian National Committee of Glendale’s 7th annual Armenian Christmas Celebration. The event gave guests an opportunity to learn about the organization’s achievements in the past year and meet the 2010-2011 ANCG Co-Chairs Leonard Manoukian and Sarkis Ourfalian; Board of Directors, Armik Avedisian, Patrick Azadian, Balabek Barsamian, Sarkis Poladian, Talar Shekherdimian and Zareh Sinanyan.
“For us, it is a truly gratifying way to close out the holiday season because with this celebration we remember what was done last year while also marking the beginning of a new year’s work and effort with our colleagues and partners from all across Glendale. After all without them our work would be impossible,” stated ANC Glendale Co-Chair, Leonard Manoukian.
ANCG Executive Director Elen Asatryan, who served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, opened the program by thanking those present for working with the organization on the common goal of bettering the City of Glendale and building a more active community. Father Vasken Atmajian from St.Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church requested attendees to join him in a moment of silence in honor of Tucson Arizona tragedy victims and delivered the invocation for the evening.
ANCG Co-Chair, Leonard Manoukian, took the stage to review the organization’s long list of accomplishments in 2010 including its participation on the Glendale Complete Count Committee for the 2010 US Census; its partnership with the Armenian Relief Society’s Glendale Chapter and Neighborhood Services of LA County to launch a Domestic Violence Taskforce; the establishment of the Glendale Free Legal clinics hosted in partnership with the Armenian Bar Association and Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County; continuation of its “Path to College” community program and its internship program; establishment of the ANC Glendale Scholarship Fund and collection and distribution of food items to 170 local families during the holiday season.
Consecutively, Manoukian presented $500 scholarships to two Glendale High School students, Anna Chilingarian and Hripsime Davtyan, through the ANCG Scholarship fund, while Executive Director, Elen Asatryan and Co-Chair Sarkis Ourfalian distributed certificates to the 2010 Spring and Summer Internship Program graduates: Nyree Amerkhanian, Lucy Michmichian, Ani Nazaryan, and Christina Rostami.
This was all topped off with Co-Chair Sarkis Ourfalian presenting certificates of appreciation to Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County’s Executive Director Neil Dudovits and Armenian Bar Association’s President Edvin Minassian and Vice President Garo Ghazarian for their support, partnership and invaluable contributions to the Glendale Free Legal Clinic.
During his acceptance speech, Dudovits thanked ANCG for the honor and stated, “It is our privilege to be able to work with organizations like the Armenian Bar Association and ANC. We really respect your dedication and commitment to this community and we want to do everything we can to help you in that effort,” while the Armenian Bar Association surprised ANCG with a painting from Siroun. After the exchange, Garo Ghazarian, Vice President of ABA noted “ANC has been a grassroots organization for decades and has its ancestral organizations going back even a century or more and has consistently served the Armenian community throughout the world, throughout the middle east, throughout the United States and here specifically in this largely populated community of Glendale of Armenian-Americans. We at the Armenian Bar are truly thrilled for this partnership.”
ANC-Glendale also used the Annual Christmas Celebration to collect toys to be delivered to children in need. Details of the distribution will be announced in the near future.
The Armenian National Committee-Glendale Chapter advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.