BURBANK–More than 420 people gathered at the Arbat Banquet Hall on Sunday for the 3rd Annual ANC-Burbank fundraiser banquet, where tens of thousands of dollars were raised in support of the ANCA in Washington DC.
The keynote speaker, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), topped-off the evening with an update on the Congressional Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106) and his views on the current developmen’s in Armenia.
The evenings Master of Ceremonies, ANCA-WR Executive Director Antranig Kzirian, spoke about the power of grassroots activism and pointed to Burbank as an example of a strong local community and ANC chapter. Kzirian then introduced the banquet’s distinguished guests and elected officials.
Some of the honored guests in attendance were Banquet Chairwomen Vicky Marashlian, ANC Burbank Chairman, Arbi Ohanian, as well as Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Burbank Assistant City Manager Mike Flad, and the event’s honorary chairman, Assemblyman Paul Krekorian. ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian was also at the banquet.
During the award ceremony, Ohanian recognized four individuals for their contributions to the community and awarded Burbank High School Armenian-Club activist Anna Simonyan with the Karekin Njdeh Award. Seta Javor, executive assistant to the president of Woodbury University, received the Levon Shant Award and long-time ANC-Burbank activist Hagop Hergelian received the Vahan Cardashian Award.
In a show of appreciation to all the men and women of the Burbank Fire Department, Ohanian presented Burbank Fire Chief Tracy Pansini with the William Saroyan Award.
The event’s organizers, the ANC of Burbank and the Armenian Cultural Foundation of Burbank, will be donating the evening’s proceeds to the Armenian National Committee of America to help towards their continued efforts.
ANC of Burbank advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.
Asbarez and Horizon will present more on this event in future editions.