Around 500 community members–members of the clergy–local and Canadian officials came together Sunday for a banquet at the AGBU Alec Manougian Center in Toronto–Canada–to raise $300,000 for the Armenia Fund.
During Sunday’s banquet–Treasurer of the Armenia Fund–Ara Boyadian–presented a report to those present about Armenia Fund’s projects in Karabagh’s village of Madaghis–which the donated money will help to support.
The school in Madaghis–a three story building with eleven classrooms–a computer room–library–and auditorium–will be completed in time for the upcoming school year in September.
Boyajian also noted that the Toronto Armenian community has raised 2 million dollars for the Armenia Fund.
Representing Prime Minster Stephen Harper–Jason Kenny took the podium to speak about the recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Canadian Government and read a special message from Harper to the Armenia Fund.
The keynote speaker of the evening–Baroness Caroline Cox–spoke about the freedom loving spirit of Karabagh’s people and its right to self determination. She said that the people of Karabagh have the right to live freely and independently in their homeland. Baroness Cox also brought up the state of Karabagh’s dire need of monetary and moral support.
In light of her support of Karabagh and its people–the Armenia Fund committee of Toronto decided to name the new school after Baroness Cox–said the Master of Ceremonies Vahan Kololian.