WATERTOWN, MA–The Armenian Relief Society, Inc. Centennial Endowment Fund has received a generous $20,000 donation from Harout and Sylvia Istanboulian of Milan, Italy.
According to the Istanboulians made the donation to the ARS Centennial Endowment Fund because of their deep appreciation for the ARS’s humanitarian work throughout the world.
"Through this donation, I wanted to bring my participation to the great work that the ARS does for our community, both in the Diaspora and in Armenia," said Sylvia Istanboulian in explaining the reason her family thought the ARS Centennial Endowment Fund contribution was necessary. "For me, the ARS represents the recognition, hope, and preservation of our heritage," she added.
Istanboulian was in Armenia in September 2006 for the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the ARS’s establishment in Armenia. During her visit, she gave the ARS membership oath to the ARS Central Executive Board Chairwoman Hasmig Derderian.
"It is a great honor for me to bring my participation to this great and significant organization, whose purpose is to protect the Armenian people and support future generations of the Armenian community," she said.
As an ARS member at large in Milan, Italy, Istanboulian has been an ambassador for the Society in her small and diverse Armenian-Italian community. Istanboulian’s location in Italy has only enhanced her appreciation for the ARS and her membership in the organization.
"We Armenia’s of the Diaspora who live in the four corners of the world know very well how difficult it is to maintain our heritage and pass this heritage on to the new generation," Istanboulian commented. "Therefore, for as long as the ARS exists, we can remain Armenian, wherever we live."
Istanboulian urges all Armenia’s to make a contribution to the ARS Centennial Endow?ment Fund, whatever the dollar amount.
"The amount of the contribution isn’t important," she reiterated. "It’s the purpose of the donation that is important."
The ARS, Inc. established the ARS Centennial Endowment Fund in honor of the Society’s 100th anniversary in 2010. The ARS’s goal is to raise at least $5 million for the Fund and use the interest earned from the Fund to strengthen its existing programs around the world and to create new ones for the benefit of Armenia’s and others everywhere.
To make a donation to the ARS Inc. Centennial Endowment Fund, please visit the ARS, Inc. website located at www.ars1910.org and go to the Centennial Fund Drive page for a donation form. Donors may also e-mail [email protected] or telephone (617) 926-5892 for more information or to arrange to make a donation of land, trust, stocks or ano?ther financial instrument.