Prelate Congratulates Pasadena “Lernavayr” Gomideh 40th Anniversary

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, the ARF Pasadena “Lernavayr” Gomideh celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala held at the Pasadena Hilton. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, accompanied by Rev. Fr. Boghos Baltayan, attended and conveyed his message and blessings. Elected officials, representatives of community organizations, and Executive Council members were among the official guests in attendance.

The program began with the national anthems performed by Deacon Yervant Keshishian. Welcoming remarks were delivered by Master of Ceremonies Mr. Garbis Hindoyan. The Prelate delivered the invocation, congratulated the “Lernavayr” Gomideh family, blessed the memory of the chapter’s founders, and commended the dedicated servants and sponsors, in particular the banquet sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Varant and Hoori Melkonian.

The program continued after dinner with remarks by ARF Central Committee Chairman Mr. Daron Der Khachatourian and “Lernavayr” Gomideh Chairman Mr. Arman Baghoyan. The MC introduced the banquet sponsors, as well as the major donors, Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Hourig Baghdadlian, Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis and Nune Sepetjian, and Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis and Cima Garabetian. Elected officials conveyed their congratulations and presented proclamations to the Gomideh, while the Gomideh presented mementos to the sponsor and donors.

A candle-lighting ceremony was held in memory of departed members, followed by the cutting of the cake.

Mr. Sarkis Tatuigian, Banquet Committee Chair, next made a special announcement, revealing that Mr. and Mrs. Varant and Hoori Melkonian made a substantial donation in honor of Hoori’s parents and that the Pasadena Armenian Center will be dedicated in the name of Mr. and Mrs. Hovhannes and Hripsime Jivalagian.

The Prelate delivered the closing message. He once again congratulated the “Lernavayr” Gomideh family and community, and wished for all to continue their service with renewed drive and dedication. His Eminence again commended the Melkonian family for their latest generosity, and also for recently sponsoring the Burbank Armenian Center’s gym in honor of Varant’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melkon and Anjel Melkonian. “Hovhannes and Hripsime Jivalagian are exemplary parents who have raised their children with faith and principles; the Armenian Church has been for them a home and bastion of family sanctity, and national institutions a bastion of our rights,” stated the Prelate.

The evening continued with musical entertainment.

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