ENCINO–More than $50,000 was raised for the Ferrahian Armenian school Scholarship Fund during a May 8 dinner dance–which has become an ongoing tradition for the San Fernando Valley and Ferrahian school communities. The gathering was held under the auspices of Western Prelate Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian.
Present at the dinner-dance were Victor Mardirossian–representative of ANCHA; Armenian Revolutionary Federation San Fernando Valley Rosdom Gomideh representative; as well as members and leaders from affiliate organizations and the Armenian-American Council of Aging.
The raised moneys will allow Ferrahian school administration to accept students who otherwise would not be able to attend Ferrahian due to financial restrictions.
The Mistress of Ceremonies Ani Demirdjian stressed that assisting educational institutions was a commendable deed and praised those in attendance and urged the community to support the Ferrahian school–the oldest Armenian day school in the United States.
Following a benediction–Rev. Razmig Khachadourian also commended the Ferrahian Armenian school on behalf of Bishop Mardirossian.
Dr. Marzbed Margossian–principal of Ferrahian school said that the number recipients would be decided during the evening–since it is through the funds raised at the dinner-dance that a determination is made.
Dr. Margossian stressed that the school’s deficit did not stem from financial mismanagement–but rather from the school’s desire to provide for all the students.
Ferrahian’s Finance Committee chairwoman Lina Davitian also addressed the gathering and reported that during the current academic year–the school had awarded 128 students with scholarships–without which those students would have attended public school. Davitian said the amount of scholarships presented was $118,000.
Members of Ferrahian’s classes of 1990 and 1991–who had achieved professional and academic accolades were introduced to the gathering–as a means of demonstrating the school’s success in accomplishing its mission and to tie the alumni to the school.
The evening entertainment was provided by famous singer Vatche and his band.