SANTA ANA, CA–More than 425 community members and supporters of Ari Guiragos Minassian Armenian School in Orange County welcomed the New Year on December 31 and helped raise money to ensure the success of its only daily Armenian school.
The event was the culmination of the efforts of an energized school board, a dedicated Parent Teacher Organization, an always supportive Armenian Relief Society Sevan Chapter, a Forty Martyrs Board of Trustees that understands the importance of an Armenian school, and an entire community who continuously stands by its school, its students, and its future.
The event itself was an evening filled with enthusiasm and excitement, as the supporters started arriving early and included all segments of the Armenian community.
Father Yeretsian blessed the tables and during the short program, Chris Guldjian and Chairman of the AGM School Board welcomed the attendees, thanked the organizations, congratulated AGM’s principal and staff. He then thanked the Mihranian family for a $40,000 donation for the construction of a sports field. The crowd then viewed an artists rendering of the soon to be completed field, a full size basketball court along with four mini courts, a volleyball court, and other play areas for the students. Kevork Der Alexanian, Chairman of the Forty Martyrs Board of trustees expressed his gratitude to the Mihranian family and reaffirmed their commitment to AGM. The school and church boards presented the Mihranian family with a plaque recognizing their support and thanking them for setting an example in the community.
Soon after, others were inspired and announced donations covering the cost to construct the sports complex and to strengthen the future of AG Minassian.
At midnight, the entire community welcomed the New Year together, many continued to dance while others went into the church for a midnight mass.
The event sold out weeks ahead of time and had a waiting list of almost 100, thus the AGM School Board has already announced that it will make this a yearly tradition.
Over the past four to five months the School Board and the PTO have held a number successful fundraisers and events, including a Poker Night at Newport Dunes, Christmas boutique and program, and Christmas caroling. The number of students has increased from last year as the community recognizes the high quality of education and continues to support AGM.