LOS ANGELESYour homeland is a phoenix rising from ashes The ARS should continue to spread hope in that part of the world, said Baroness Cox, the Deputy Speaker of the British House of Lords, during an April 29 gala banquet at the Downtown Marriot Hotel, kicking off the activities of the Armenian Relief Society Western US Centennial Committee. The more than 500 community members attending the event witnessed a chronicle of the Karabakh struggle as documented by Baroness Cox, who for 15 years has led 62 humanitarian missions to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and always returning with a message of hope and awareness for the international community. For her dedication and service to the Armenian people, Georgianne Oshagan, a member of the ARS Central Executive presented the Baroness with the distinguished Ararat Award and praised her for her continued devotion to the cause of justice and peace in that part of the world. Attending the gala event were Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), California State Assemblymember Paul Krikorian, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Liloyan, Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, as well as leaders of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee, the Armenian National Committee of America-Western US Board of Directors, ARS Central Executive members Oshagan and Nova Hindoyan, ARS Western US Regional Executive members, community leaders and ARS supporters. Banquet Committee chairwoman Dzovig Zeitluian welcomed the guests and introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies Ani Hovannisian Kevorkian, who presented the honored guests and praised the ARS for its almost one century of service to the Armenian community. ARS Centennial Fund chairwoman Mako Mgrdchian presented a synopsis of the organizations mission and its activities throughout the years, and explained the importance of the Centennial Fund. Hindoyan discussed the activities of the ARS Central Executive and urged the community to support the ARS and its Centennial capital campaign. UCLA Professor and community leader Anahit Aramouni Keshishian recited poems dedicated to mothers and women, while ARS Western Regional Executive chairwoman Sonia Peltekian presented the current state of activities of the organization. The cultural portion of the evening included performances by Razmig Mansourian, Anahid Nersessian, Levon Abrahamian and the Hamazkayine Dance Troupe.