PASADENA—With a spirit of unity, camaraderie and purpose, more than 650 Armenian Americans gathered on February 26, 2011 to support the new Pasadena Armenian Center. The gathering, marked by patriotic songs sung by Karnig Sarkissian, drew a broad array of community members who are committed to the capital campaign begun to support the new Pasadena Armenian Center.
“We are building our future,” remarked Manoug Joukhajian, chairman of the local Pasadena chapter of the Armenian Cultural Foundation. “This event in support of our new Pasadena Armenian Center has united our community and has created the foundation for a better future for all Armenian Americans in the City of Pasadena,” he added.
The dinner and concert in support of the new Pasadena Armenian Center was unique in that the crowd was diverse, with an equal share of young adults, baby-boomers and more senior community members. The event began with inspirational remarks by Hovig Saliba, a longtime community leader. He reminded the large crowd that Pasadena Armenian Americans have a rich and strong history of supporting their community center.
The new Pasadena Armenian Center has drawn praise from a number of Armenian Americans for serving the diverse needs of the community. On any given day, members of the Armenian Youth Federation, Homenetmen, and several other grassroots organizations use the center. On Friday nights the center serves as the nerve center for over 50 members of the local ARF Badenagan Pasadena “Nigol Touman” Chapter. On Sundays and during the week, the new Pasadena Armenian Center hosts over 100 members of the local Homenetmen “Azadamard” Chapter.
The mission of the Pasadena Armenian Center is to serve the dynamic and diverse Armenian American community in the City of Pasadena. A number of distinguished community organizations are based out of the Pasadena Armenian Center. These organizations include, but are not limited to, the Armenian Youth Federation “Nigol Touman” Chapter, the Armenian Relief Society “Sosse” Chapter, the Hamazkayin “Shahan Shahnour” Chapter, the Homenetmen “Azadamard” Chapter, and the Armenian Cultural Foundation, among others.
Additional information regarding the Pasadena Armenian Center, situated at 2242 East Foothill Boulevard, can be secured by visiting the center’s Facebook page or visit.