GYUMRI — A statue of successful Armenian-American businessman, investor and philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian (1917–2015) was inaugurated Sunday on Abovyan Street in Armenia’s second-largest city, Gyumri.
Gyumri city officials are also considering renaming the street to Kirk Kerkorian Street.
The statue was unveiled by Mayor Samvel Balasanyan and US-based businessman Grigor Bediryan, the Gyumri native who is behind the initiative.
In his remarks, the mayor honored Kerkorian for his charitable contributions in Gyumri, which were carried out through the Lincy Foundation.
“The Lincy Foundation built 2800 apartments,” Balasanyan said.
The mayor thanked Bediryan for the initiative to erect the statue in their town. In turn, Bediryan thanked everyone who supported the initiative.
Kerkorian donated millions of dollars to Armenia through his Lincy Foundation, which was established in 1989 after the devastating 1988 Spitak earthquake.