GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America — Glendale (ANCA – Glendale) hosted its annual Christmas party on Monday, Jan. 12, at Phoenicia Restaurant to thank and acknowledge its supporters for all of their efforts in 2014, and provide an overview for the organization’s 2015 plans. The evening brought together elected city and state officials, Glendale city management and commissioners, Glendale Unified School District and Glendale Community College representatives, in addition to the ANCA- Glendale’s sister organizations, community partners, volunteers, and supporters.
“We choose to host this gathering after the New Year in order to provide an opportunity for our friends, supporters, and honored guests to unite under one roof and embrace our common vision for 2015,” stated Tigranna Zakaryan, the ANCA- Glendale’s Community Outreach Coordinator. “Without their continuous engagement in advancing the Armenian Cause, we would not have the ability to strive forward in all of our grassroots initiatives which have led to the very community of people we had the pleasure of bringing together for this event.”
As a long-standing tradition of the organization, the evening also witnessed exemplary participation in a canned food drive in which all proceeds were donated to the Glendale Salvation Army. It is the commitment of the ANCA-Glendale to continue building upon existing partnerships with community-based organizations, and connecting the goals of the ANCA- Glendale to broader civic engagement efforts required for the continuous growth of the city of Glendale.
“We were very pleased and honored to have such a great turnout of so many friends, representatives and elected officials from the City of Glendale, Law Enforcement and Fire Agencies, Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Community College and other local and statewide legislative offices in attendance,” commented ANCA – Glendale Chapter Board Member Boghos Patatian. “The chance to have all these people, who are so close and vital to our organization and its efforts is very encouraging and it provides the ANCA – Glendale Chapter a great platform to showcase some of the accomplishments and objectives we pursued over the course of the last 2014-2015 year, and highlight some of the goals and priorities that we will be focused on for the upcoming 2015-2016 year.”
The ANCA-Glendale thanks the following elected officials and representatives for their attendance and support: Mayor Zareh Sinanyan, Coucilmembers Ara Najairian and Paula Devine; City Treasurer Raffi Manoukian; Director of Public Works Roubik Golanian; Chief of Police Robert Castro; Fire Chief Harold D. Scoggins; Glendale Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maria Gandera, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kelly King, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Amy Lambert, Assistant Superintendent Lynn Marso, Dr. Sebastian Puccio; Glendale Unified School District Board of Trustees President Gregory Krikorian, Dr. Armina Gharpetian, Nayiri Nahabedian, Alan Reising, Glendale Teachers Association President Phyllis Miller and Vice President Taline Arsenian; Glendale Community College President Dr. David Viar, Glendale Community College Board of Trustees President Dr. Vahé Peroomian, Vice President Mr. Anthony P. Tartaglia, Dr. Armine Hacopian; Glendale Teachers Association President Mary Manoukian on behalf of State Asssemblymember Mike Gatto; Haig Kartounian on behalf of Congressman Adam Schiff; Former State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino; Armenian National Committee of American- Western Region; Armenian Cultural Foundation- Glendale Chapter; Homenetman Glendale Ararat Chapter; Armenian Relief Society Sepan Chapter; Armenian Youth Federation Roupen Chapter; Hamazkayin Glendale Chapter; Mariamian Davidian Educational Foundation CASPS; Armenian Bar Association; Armenian Youth Association of California; Armenian Society of LA.
The ANCA-Glendale advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.