GLENDALE—Monday, July 23 was an evening of remembrance, tribute and celebration at the Homenetmen Ararat Chapter where many came together to pay homage and witness the dedication of Center’s Blue Gym in honor of their beloved friend Rima Abedi Sagherian. The solemn occasion was organized in collaboration with Rima’s husband David Sagherian who generously offered to support the Chapter in celebration and commemoration of Rima’s colorful life.
The attendees were invited to the special unveiling of a memorial pane by her son Christopher near the Scouting Division quarters. The display is a lovely collection of Rima’s original Scout uniform, memorabilia and pictures of her journey through the scouting ranks. This was followed by a presentation of Rima’s decades of admirable athletic and scouting accomplishments culminating with her contribution to the Eagle Scout program at Ararat Chapter.
Then everyone was gathered at the Blue Gym where Margaret Abedi unveiled the wall and the gymnasium was officially dedicated in honor of Rima Abedi Sagherian. This emotional undertaking was later followed by a reception at the Center’s foyer where “Rima Abedi Sagherian Memorial Scholarship” announcement was made. With contributions from Abedi and Sagherian families, and particularly her husband David; the Ararat Chapter Annual Scholarships will further be augmented to serve more of our college bound members in pursuit of their academic goals.
The reception concluded with passionate remarks by David Sagherian, appreciation notes from Ararat Chapter Executive Committee Chair Helik Issagholian, Glendale Councilmember Raffi Manoukian and Master of Ceremonies Arick Gevorkian who assured the Abedi and Sagherian families with the following quote: “Rima lives with us; we live with Rima and her legacy, kind deeds, contagious smile and dedication to community is etched forever in our minds, hearts and souls.”