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ARS Western Region Annual Gala

By March 2, 2020June 18th, 2024No Comments

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, the annual gala of the Armenian Relief Society Western Region took place at the Glendale Hilton Hotel.

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, attended. Executive Council Vice-Chair Meher Der Ohanessian was in attendance.

The program began with welcoming remarks by Gala Committee Chair Vicky Marashlian. Rose and Alex Pilibos School Principal, Dr. Alina Dorian, served as the MC.

The Prelate delivered the invocation and his remarks. His Eminence commended the diligent members of the ARS Central Executive, Western Region Executive, and local chapters for their faithful, selfless, and loving service, the evening’s honoree and main sponsor Haigoush Kohler for her longstanding service and support, as well as the donors and guests for their attendance and encouragement. Referencing His Holiness Catholicos Aram I’s “Year of Armenian with Special Needs” proclamation, the Prelate stressed that it is our duty and obligation as Christian Armenians to lend a helping hand to our compatriots in need, adding that this is precisely what the ARS has been doing faithfully for the past 110 years, and here within the Western United States for over 35 years under the auspices of the Regional Executive.

The program continued with remarks by ARS Western Region Chair Silva Poladian, honoring of Mrs. Kohler, and remarks by ARS Central Chair Dr. Nyree Derderian. The official program concluded with a candle lighting ceremony.

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