Glendale: Armenian group honors leaders

Glendale News Press
Aug 7 2004

Armenian group honors leaders
Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry names Dario Frommer Legislator of
the Year.

By Jackson Bell, News-Press

GLENDALE – Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Glendale) was among several
local leaders honored by the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry
program at its annual gala Friday night.

Frommer received the honor at the Hilton Glendale for Legislator of
the Year from members of the Glendale-based program, which registers
donors to meet the specific needs of Armenians suffering from
life-threatening blood diseases.

“The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry program works tirelessly in
the community to help hundreds of patients who are in desperate need
of aid,” Frommer said in a statement. “The community members who make
this program work are really the ones who deserve all the awards and

The nonprofit organization, founded in 1999, recruits and provides
matches for unrelated donors all over the world to give bone-marrow
transplants. It also keeps a database with donor information, handles
patient-search requests and connects donors to those who need
transplants, said board member Armond Agakhani.

When selecting who would be the first recipient of the newly created
Legislator of the Year award, Frommer was an obvious choice, Agakhani

“Dario supported us from day one when he was elected in 2000,” he
said. “He is a person that cares about individuals – especially
children – who are suffering from any blood disease.”

Awards were also given out to Bella Kocharian for Woman of the Year;
Diana Artunian and Armen Janian for Volunteers of the Year; and
Daughters of Vartan for Organization of the Year.