GLENDALE–The Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association (GGSCA) will host a benefit concert on Sunday–March 13–to raise funds for infrastructure improvemen’s in Ghapan–Armenia. All proceeds from the concert will be used to rehabilitate Ghapan’s aging school facilities–where students struggle to learn in aging classrooms that have unreliable electricity and decayed plumbing.
The concert–sponsored by Daylight Adult Day Care Centers–will be held at Hoover High School Auditorium–and will feature some of the best-known Armenian artists in Southern California–including Harout Pamboukjian–Razmik Mansourian–Hovannes Shahbazian–Anahit Nersisian–Nersik Ispirian–Merujan Margarian–and Ararat Petrosian. The International Dance School–directed by Vardan and Siranoush Gevorkian–will also perform during the concert.
Arpi Andonian–who serves on the Board of Directors of GGSCA and is a Vice President at Daylight Adult Day Care Centers–helped arrange the sponsorship–and is the concert’s principal organizer. "We are very proud to be able to organize this effort," Andonian said. "I hope that our community will take the opportunity to attend this great concert–have a lot of fun–and help us raise the money we need to rebuild Ghapan’s aging schools."
In December 2002–the City of Glendale unanimously adopted resolution 17023–establishing a sister city link with the small southern town of Ghapan in Armenia. Subsequently–the Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in order to foster relations between the two cities.
Since its inception–the Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association has completed a variety of projects in Ghapan–including the rehabilitation of classrooms–bathrooms–libraries–and study halls in several of Ghapan’s schools. The organization is planning major projects in 2005–including the launch of efforts to rehabilitate Ghapan’s hospital–which includes the region’s only maternity ward and operating room.
Sunday–March 13–2005 @ 6:00pm
Hoover High School Auditorium
651 Glenwood Road–Glendale CA
Ticket price: $20
For tickets–please call (818) 265-0506 or (818) 482-6131