BURBANK—The Armenian Cultural Foundation – Burbank (ACF Burbank) will be hosting the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its Burbank Youth Center (BYC) on October 6 at 5 p.m.
Located at 75 E. Santa Anita Avenue in Burbank, the BYC is “the culmination of a quarter century of occasional disappointments, big dreams, and most of all, lots of hard work to find a facility best suited to our community’s needs,” related Stepan Boyajian, ACF Burbank chair. “It was made possible when the main donation in memory of Beshir Mardirossian from Timmy and Seda Mardirossian came through three years ago,” he continued.
The BYC provides services through the efforts of the Homenetmen, AYF, AYF Juniors, ARS, ANCA, and ARF. The building, a shell when first purchased, has been renovated and has meeting rooms and offices from which these organizations do their work and a large open area where athletic programs are conducted for the children. Construction of a basketball court and gym is about to begin. Funding for this phase has recently been secured. A second floor of additional meeting and office space is planned for the future.
“At the ribbon cutting, we want to celebrate our successes and show our appreciation to our strongest supporters— the Mardirossians, Forest Lawn Foundation, Janet Shaverdian-Zakari, and Hrant and Ani Dostounian, along with the hundreds of others who contributed small and large sums to make our dream come true,” said Silva Kechichian, organizing committee chair.
The ACF invites all community members to join the celebration which starts with a reception and closes with a brief program and ribbon cutting.
The Armenian Cultural Foundation – Burbank maintains facilities for various organizations to provide for youth, social, and cultural needs and promotes increased volunteer participation in the community.