BURBANK–More than 420 people were in attendance at the Arbat Banquet Hall on Sunday, May 18 for the third Annual Banquet of the Armenian National Committee of Burbank. Keynote speaker, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA-29), provided an update regarding H. Res. 106, the Armenian Genocide Resolution and his views on the current situation in Armenia.
The Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee ‘s Western Region, Antranig Kzirian, welcomed several speakers throughout the evening including Banquet Chairwomen Vicky Marashlian, ANC Burbank Chairman
Dr. Arbi Ohanian and the event’s honorary chairman, Assemblymember Paul
An excellent performance by Lilian Dance Studio, directed by Lilian Margaryan,
was met with great enjoyment from the crowd of ANC supporters and city officials including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Burbank Assistant City Manager Mike Flad and the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America Aram Hamparian.
ANC Burbank Chairman Dr. Ohanian recognized four individuals/organizations for their contributions to the community including Anna Simonyan, a Burbank High School Armenian-Club activist, who was presented with the Karekin Njdeh Award.
Also, Seta Javor, Executive Assistant to the President of Woodbury University, received the Levon Shant Award. Hagop Hergelian, a long-time activist with ANC Burbank, received the Vahan Cardashian Award. Finally, Burbank Fire Chief, Tracy Pansini was on hand to accept the William Saroyan Award, which was presented to all the men and women of the Burbank Fire Department.
The event’s organizers, 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.