Tufenkian School Celebrates 40th Anniversary – Expansion Plans Announced at Gala Banquet

On Friday, January 23, 2015, St. Mary’s Church Richard Tufenkian School celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala banquet held at Taglyan Hall in Hollywood. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, attended and delivered his message on the momentous occasion. He was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian. Board of Regents Co-Chair Mrs. Maggie Sarkuni was among the guests in attendance.

His Eminence greeted and congratulated the administration, School Board, benefactors, teachers, students, and sponsors and wished them continued successes in their mission. The Prelate commended the vision and initiative of the founders who set out to establish the School four decades earlier, and the steady growth the School has enjoyed since, thanks to the collective support and encouragement of sponsors and community members, and especially of benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Ralph and Savey Tufenkian.

The Prelate then made a major announcement, stating that after consultations with the Executive Council and Board of Regents, the School was in the process of acquiring a new property which would enable it to accommodate a greater number of students. The announcement drew enthusiastic applause and cheers from all, which continued as the Prelate announced a new pledge of $100,000 by Ralph and Savey Tufenkian toward this project. The Prelate commended all those who contributed to the realization of this latest endeavor and all those who faithfully continue the mission of the founding generation, stating that this latest achievement is yet another message to Turkey that the Armenian people survived, were reborn, and continue to thrive. He acknowledged in particular the exemplary service of Director Arsineh Aghazarian, who has been fulfilling her duties with utmost dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment for the last 23 years. In conclusion, the Prelate conveyed his blessings to the benefactors, who were honored by the School, for their beautiful gift memorializing their beloved son Richard and for their latest generosity, and blessed the sponsors and supporters for their encouragement.

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