WATERTOWN–On the eve of the Armenian Relief Society’s centennial, Mr. and Mrs. Jacky and Seta Guevrekian of Egypt established an endowment fund of $100,000 to be part of the ARS Endowment Funds. The annual proceeds of this fund will be used by the ARS, Inc. Central Executive Board to pursue the implementation of its humanitarian projects in Armenia.
Jacky Guevrekian was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied at the St. Marc French High School then went into the jewelry business– the profession of his father. In 1969 he married Seta Kezelian, the daughter of one of the prominent Egyptian-Armenian families living in Cairo. They were blessed with two sons, Vahram and Tro.
The Guevrekian family relocated to Cairo in 1975. In 1990 they launched their tourism business by establishing the Nile Crocodile Cruise and Travel Ways companies.
The Guevrekian family actively takes part in the Egyptian-Armenian community. Jacky was a member of the boards of trustees of the Armenian church of Alexandria and Cairo. He was also a member of the Political Council of the Egyptian-Armenian community. He cooperated closely with the “Gamk” Athletic Union and the “Harachtimaser” Cultural Organization of Alexandria. In Cairo he was chairperson of the Homenetmen “Ararat” chapter for two terms. He is currently a member of the Prelacy Executive Council of Cairo as well as a board member of the “Houssaper” Cultural Association.
Seta Guevrekian has been a long time member of the ARS Cairo Chapter, serving as its chairwoman in 2008.
ARS, Inc. Central Executive Board Member Maro Froundjian, who was visiting Egypt for Mother’s Day stated that “the Guevrekian family is one of those numerous Diaspora families who live and breath their love of Armenia. We are happy that the ARS projects in Armenia have inspired the Guevrekians and they have chosen to serve Armenia through the Armenian Relief Society, Inc. The endowment fund they established will help the implementation and development of our projects in Armenia and we are confident that others will follow the example of the Guevrekians, enabling the ARS to better serve our homeland as well as the Diaspora Armenian communities worldwide.”