LOS ANGELES–On January 6–Western Prelacy supporters gathered at Montebello’s Baghramian Hall to celebrate Armenian Christmas Eve at the Prelate’s traditional New Year and Christmas Dinner. Present at the joyous event were representatives of various Armenian organizations–numerous dignitaries–including Consul General of the Republic of Armenia Gagik Kirakosian and loyal supporters of the Prelacy’s mission.
Under the auspices of Prelate Bishop Mousegh Mardirossian–several large contributions highlighted the evening’s festivities. Mrs. Ashkhen Pilavjian made a donation of $200,000 to sponsor the ARS Preschool of the San Fernando Valley. Philanthropist Charles Keyan–who had established a $50,000 scholarship fund for Mesrobian High School in 2004–boosted the total sum to $100,000. Mrs. Rose Kasimian donated $150,000 to the Prelacy in memory of her late husband–Mr. Kegham Kasimian. Mrs. Kasimian will be sponsoring the Media Department of the Prelacy as well as a Khachkar and several religious publications.
A donation of $50,000 from the Compatriotic Union of Ourfa will be used to sponsor the Western Memorial Wall of the Prelacy Building–as well as a khachkar and a fountain on the premises.
Longtime Prelacy supporters–Mr. and Mrs. John and Asdghig Bedrosian–who have hosted the annual dinner for several years now–also made a generous donation to the newly established Mortgage Burning Fund for the Prelacy building.