Close to 250 Armenians attended the dinner event and many elected officials and civic leaders commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and celebrated our ancestors, recognized and embraced the contributions that Armenians have made around the world over the last century after the Turkish Ottoman Empire’s effort to annihilate the Armenians.
An opening speech was delivered by the MC, Greg Avedesian, presenting the guests, the message and the program.
Dr. Hovsep Fidanian, Alexander Keledjian, Steven Quintanilla, Esq., and Father Krikor Zakaryan were among the featured speakers. Also, we were honored to have two special Clergy guests, Rev. Fr. Lincoln from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert and Rev. Fr. Pantels from St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Palm Desert.
During the dinner, a 45 minute silent slide show presentation gave the history and perspective of 1915-2015, including the latest events and the success stories of Armenians around the world.
At the end of the program, the children sang Hayr Mayr prayer – background playing beautiful video-slide show originally recorded in Armenia. “It was very moving”.
The program concluded with a blessing from Father Krikor Zakaryan, then Deacon Christopher Markarian asked everyone to pick up the white balloons from the tables and gather outside in front of the church for prayer and then release them to the sky… It was a very emotional and special dedication to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
Special Thanks: We are extremely appreciative to the numerous sponsors, especially to the Steve Balian Family for generously sponsoring the dinner. Also to our numerous volunteers and donors for their contributions and enthusiastic support. Our gratitude goes also to AGF Media, Koko Mazmanian and Family and Alice Keshishian. With the direct support we received from sponsors and volunteers, we were able to put a very successful and memorable event. “We couldn’t have done it without you!”
Kudos to Centennial Event Chairman Deacon Chris Markarian and assistant Alice Keshishian.