The Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society honored three members who–through their dedication and skill–have succeeded in elevating culture in the California Armenian community. Hamazkayin Kousan Choir director Professor Ara Manash and the co-founders and artistic directors of the Ani Dance Ensemble Suzy Parseghian-Tarpinian and Yeghia Hasholian–received the Society’s highest medal on September 12–during a public gathering that took place at Ferrahian School’s Avedissian Hall.
Awarding the medals was Hamazkayin Central Executive chairman Dr. Megerdich Megerdichian–who is visiting from Lebanon to review the region’s activities. Megerdichian–who served as the keynote speaker of the September 12 event–was honored two days earlier during a reception in his honor at the Pasadena Armenian Center.
Hamazkayin Central Executive member Edward Misserlian and Western Region chairman Vahakn Abkariants joined in congratulating the medal recipients–and addressed the mission and future of the 76 year-old organization.