In anticipation of the March 4th Gala Banquet to honor Ambassador John Marshall Evans, the leadership and staff of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies is hard at work to make this event truly memorable–a fitting tribute to a morally and professionally exemplary public servant. Saluting a person of Ambassador Evans’moral caliber takes on special meaning in these days of sorrow as Armenia’s and all people of goodwill mourn the violent demise of Hrant Dink in Istanbul. The courage of Ambassador Evans to speak truth to power in describing the 1915 genocidal cataclysm that befell the Armenian people has made him an icon of ethical integrity in today’s world of doubletalk and moral relativism. On March 4, the Armenian community of Southern California will come together to express to the Ambassador the heartfelt gratitude of a people whose experiences of genocide are frequently distorted and denied. The second Annual Banquet of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies will be an occasion of both solemnity and celebration. In recognition of Ambassador John Evans’exemplary service to the United States of America and the Armenian people, a distinguished coterie of nationally prominent individuals has agreed to serve as honorary chairs of the Gala Banquet. This group includes: Provost Max Nikias, Dean Peter Starr, Hon. Alice Hill, Dr. Mihran Agbabian, Dr. Joseph Aoun, Mr. John Bedrosian, Esq., Mr. Gerard L. Cafesjian, Gov. George Deukmejian, Amb. Edward Djerejian, Sen. Bob Dole, Mr. Mark Geragos, Esq., Dr. Vartan Gregorian, Dr. J. Michael Hagopian, Mr. Kevork Hovnanian, Hon. Paul Ignatius, Vahe Karapetian, Charlie Keyan, John King, Richard Manoogian, Paul Orfalea, Edward Roski, Jr., Louise M. Simone, Joseph Stein, Hon. Dickran Tevrizian, Jerry Turpanjian, Ron Tutor, and Alex Yemendjian. The Institute’s Gala Banquet will be held on Sunday March 4, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd. For information on sponsorships and reservations, call Savey Tufenkian at (818) 956-8455, Elizabeth Agbabian (310) 476-5306, Aline Patatian (818) 262-2626, Hermine Janoyan (818) 388-5918, or the Institute of Armenian Studies (213) at 821-3943.