50th Anniversary Celebration of the ARS “Nairy” Chapter of Montebello

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, the ARS “Nairy” Chapter of Montebello celebrated its 50th anniversary, the 37th anniversary of its Saturday School, and 20th anniversary of its Pre-School with a gala held at Holy Cross Cathedral’s “Bagramian” Hall. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, accompanied by Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, attended and conveyed his message. Among the guests in attendance were ARF Central Committee member Mr. Levon Kirakosian, Executive Council member Mr. Antranik Kasbarian, members of the “Tro” Gomideh and Holy Cross Cathedral Board of Trustees, sponsors and friends.

The program began with the American, Armenian, and ARS anthems. Ms. Rita Topalian and Ms. Khatoune Pakradouni served as the evening’s MCs. The “Nairy” Chapter message was delivered by Ms. Sona Fundukian, followed by the presentation of proclamations by elected officials and the invocation by Fr. Muron. On behalf of the “Nairy” Chapter, awards were presented to Preschool Director Lilit Barsegyan and Saturday School Principal Naira Ouzounian. The ARS Regional Executive’s message was delivered by Ms. Silva Poladian.

The Prelate began his message by congratulating the ARS family on the various milestones anniversaries being celebrated this year, the centennial of the Hollywood “Mayr” Chapter, the 60th anniversary of the San Fernando Valley “Anahid” Chapter, the 50th anniversary of the “Nairy” Chapter, and the 35th anniversary of the ARS Western Regional Executive. His Eminence presented a letter of blessing and commendation in which he lauded the members of the “Nairy” Chapter for their faithful and exemplary service as well as the ARS Western Regional Executive and the entire ARS family, stating that this celebration is a joy and triumph for all. The Prelate highlighted the “Nairy” Chapter’s indispensable role in the life of the Montebello community through its invaluable moral and financial support to Mesrobian School, through its founding of a Saturday School and Pre-School, and through countless other endeavors. “A resounding job well done to you all, to the devoted members and to the generous sponsors. We are certain that you will continue to thrive in your noble mission and reach even greater heights so long as you continue to work together with faith, love, goodwill, and utmost dedication as you have been for all these years,” he concluded.

The program continued with more award presentations. On behalf of the ARS Central Executive and Regional Executive respectively, Ms. Rita Hintlian and Ms. Silva Poladian recognized “Nairy” Chapter members with fifty years of service. Ms. Olga Kirakossian was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Central Executive.

A candle-lighting ceremony concluded the official program. The celebration continued with musical entertainment.

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