* Wildman and Frommer play key roles in securing assistance package.
GLENDALE–On the Friday before the July 4 weekend–Governor Gray Davis signed and approved the State Budget passed by the California State Legislature–which included more than half a million dollars for Armenian community based organizations including the Armenian Relief Society and the Homenetmen General Athletic Union.
The Homenetmen Ararat Chapter of Glendale received $158,000 to upgrade their facilities in order to better serve the thousands of scouts and athletes who participate in their programs. On Saturday–July 1–a day after Governor Davis had approved the budget–Ararat Chapter Executive Director Armond Gorgorian and Chapter Chairperson Lilit Baghdasarian–along with Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region Chairman Berdj Karapetian and Executive Director Vicken Sonentz-Papazian–met with Assemblyman Wildman to express their appreciation for his assistance in securing the funds.
In response–Wildman praised Homenetmen for the valuable contributions it provides to the community and added that–from the moment he took office in 1996–both he and his wife Arlene were embraced by the Armenian American community–making it easier to identify the community’s needs and concerns.
On Monday–July 3–Democratic nominee for the 43rd State Assembly seat–Dario Frommer paid a visit to the Armenian Relief Society’s Regional Headquarters in Glendale to meet with representatives of the ARS and other community based organizations including New Horizons and We Care for Youth to announce that more than $250,000 had been allocated to initiate and expand local programs targeting the needs of at-risk youth and gang violence through counseling programs.
During the gathering ARS representatives praised Frommer for his valuable assistance in working with the State Legislature and Governor’s Office to assure that funds were set aside for the programs. When notified that the funding was approved by the Governor–ARS Western Region Chairperson Marie Chalian Read remarked that the additional moneys would" help expand services and reach and counsel youngsters and families." During the meeting at the ARS Center–ARS Regional Board Member Anita Haddad outlined the many ARS programs currently in place and felt confident that the state allocated funds would prove invaluable in effectively outreaching to the Armenian and Latino youth.