LOS ANGELES–The Ararat Home of Los Angeles organized a gala banquet and silent auction at the Crown Plaza hotel in Commerce to kick off plans for a new 70-bed facility in Montrose–which will join the existing Mission Hills and Eagle Rock facilities.
"Ararat Rockhaven" as the project is called will be located on the 3.5 acres of land purchased by the Ararat Home for this project.
The more than 700 community members who attended the banquet were impressed with the inroads the establishment has made in becoming one of the largest Armenian senior care facilities in the country.
The motto of the founders of Ararat Home 50 years ago has been "To care for Armenian seniors who aren’t able to care for themselves." For this goal–an endowment fund was created and that fund now has an excess of $3.7 million.
Participating in the event were the Prelacy and Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church–the Armenian Evangelical Church of North America–the Catholic church–as well as several community organizations and compatriotic unions.
The official guest list included former California governor George Deukmejian and his wife Gloria–while the keynote speaker of the evening was LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
Master of Ceremonies Larry Sherman welcomed the guests and invited Deukmejian and Antonovich to make their presentations.
In his remarks–Antonovich praised the Ararat Home for its commitment to serving the senior community and presented a proclamation to long-time board member and banquet committee co-chair Bob Shamlian.
Current board chairman Robert Taylor presented a brief summary of the activities of the home–while Shamlian elaborated on the history and the current capacity of the two existing branches of Ararat Home in Mission Hills and Eagle Rock. The latter facility is to be sold after the construction of the Rockhaven branch.
The banquet committee co-chair was Rosemary Saatjian–while the silent auction was directed by Kathleen Kurkjian.
The construction of the project is said to begin in the near future–while the organizers anticipate partial community fund-raising activities and state gran’s to fund the project.