GLENDALE–Efforts to transport the remains of national hero Gen. Dro (Drastamat Ganayan) to Armenia and to establish a leadership institute in his name went underway last Thursday at the Brandview Collection–as plans for a benefit scheduled for March 14 were unveiled.
Taking part in the meeting were Gen. Dro’s son Mardig and well-known benefactor Sarkis Mardirossian.
Following a short reception–Vahik Gourjian–on behalf of the committee–made brief remarks–saying–"we have gathered here tonight to personally hear from Dro’s son–about plans the Ganayan family has undertaken to honor the memory of Dro in Armenia."
Gourjian announced that on March 15–a banquet benefiting the project would take place at the Brandview Collection. He went on to report that benefactor Sarkis Mardirossian had graciously offered to underwrite the costs of the banquet–as an expression of his admiration and respect toward Gen. Dro.
Gourjian stressed that the proposal for the Dro memorial and a leadership institute had been approved by the authorities in Armenia and read a letter addressed to Mardig Ganayan by Armenia’s Defense Minister Vazgen Sargsyan–who welcomed the project and pledged the government’s support on its realization.
In his remarks–Ganayan thanked benefactor Mardirossian for his generous support–adding that similar committees had already formed in New York–New Jersey–Washington–Boston–Houston–Montreal and Toronto–and through their fund-raising efforts they will benefit this memorial for Gen. Dro.
Ganayan added that in his letter–Defense Minister Sargsyan had stipulated that the funds would be allocated toward the reconstruction of a leadership institute–currently in severe condition. Ganayan also announced that the Defense Ministry had undertaken the task of organizing the transport of Gen. Dro’s remains to Armenia.
The general’s son stressed that a committee of engineers was already hard at work on the plans for the Leadership Institute–which will be named after the Gen. Dro.
The Los Angeles fund-raiser is scheduled for March 14 at the Brandview Collection. Featured speakers for the evening will be Seno Pakradouni and Dr. Vartiter Kotcholosian. Tickets are $250 per person.