GLENDALE—In an intimate ceremony organized to recognize the generosity of donors who have contributed to the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA during the past couple of years, more than 120 ARS members and guests gathered at the ARS Regional Headquarters on June 21 to witness the blessing of the ARS Recognition Wall. The Recognition Wall, which is at the entry of the Regional Headquarters, now proudly displays 13 additional plaques distinguishing recent contributions ranging from $1,000 through $25,000.
Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian praised the support of donors who have helped advance the humanitarian programs of the ARS and performed the blessing of the Recognition Wall. The Prelate’s blessing extended to the ARS Evergreen Tree, which flourished with 24 additional leaves inscribed with the names of ARS members, acknowledging their donations. The Evergreen Tree currently has 537 engraved leaves.
This special blessing coincided with the ARS Appreciation Night, which is held annually to honor chapter executive and regional committee members for their commitment and accomplishments during the past fiscal year. Regional Executive Chairperson Dr. Nyree Derderian delivered remarks praising the volunteers, inviting ARS Central Executive Chairperson Vicky Marashlian for remarks thereafter.
Amidst a spirit of camaraderie, members and supporters mingled in an atmosphere filled with warmth and good cheer.
The ARS of Western USA, established in 1984 and with regional headquarters in Glendale, CA, has 27 chapters and more than 1,500 members in five western states. The ARS-WUSA operates a Social Services Division, a Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center, and funds numerous youth programs, scholarships, and relief efforts. For further information, please visit www.arswestusa.org or call 818-500-1343.