Burbank ANC Banquet A Success

Armenian National Committee – Burbank
Arbi Ohanian, Chair
361 East Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

May 19, 2008
Contact: Silva Kechichian
Email: [email protected]

Congressman Schiff delivers Keynote Speech at Burbank ANC Banquet

Burbank, CA – More than 420 people were in attendance at the Arbat
Banquet Hall on Sunday, May 18, 2008 for the 3rd Annual Banquet of the
Armenian National Committee of Burbank (ANC Burbank). Keynote speaker,
Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA-29), provided an update regarding H. Res.
106, the Armenian Genocide Resolution and his views on the current
situation in Armenia.

The Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee – Western
Region (ANC-WR), Antranig Kzirian, welcomed several speakers throughout
the evening including Banquet Chairwomen Vicky Marashlian, ANC Burbank
Dr. Arbi Ohanian and the event’s honorary chairman, Assemblymember Paul

An excellent performance by Lilian Dance Studio, directed by Lilian
was met with great enjoyment from the crowd of ANC supporters and city
officials including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Burbank
Assistant City Manager Mike Flad and the Executive Director of the
Armenian National Committee of America Aram Hamparian.

ANC Burbank Chairman Dr. Ohanian recognized four
individuals/organizations for their contributions to the community
including Anna Simonyan, a Burbank High School Armenian-Club activist,
who was presented with the Karekin Njdeh Award.
Also, Seta Javor, Executive Assistant to the President of Woodbury
received the Levon Shant Award. Hagop Hergelian, a long-time activist
with ANC Burbank, received the Vahan Cardashian Award. Finally, Burbank
Fire Chief, Tracy Pansini was on hand to accept the William Saroyan
Award, which was presented to all the men and women of the Burbank Fire

The event’s organizers, ANC of Burbank and the Armenian Cultural
Foundation of Burbank, will be donating the evening’s proceeds to the
Armenian National Committee of America to help towards their continued

ANC of Burbank advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and
political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes
increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and
public policy levels.


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress


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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS