Ars Gets $250,000 In Funding Promises During Weekend Of Events


Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Benefactor Antranig Baghdasarian with ARS chairwoman Lena Bozoyan

$100,000 Fund for Battered Women, $50,000 Pledge for ARS Social
Services, and $100,000 in Donations Netted at Gala Event

Baghdassarian’s wife, Seta

GLENDALE-The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA announced $250,000
in funding commitments at three events in Glendale during the weekend
of April 5 through 7, 2013 – its annual Gala on Friday, appreciation
reception for members on Saturday and the ARS Day public commemoration
on Sunday.

Lena Bozoyan, ARS Regional Executive Chairperson, announced at the
Gala that Antranig Baghdassarian of Karoun Dairies decided to
establish an ARS endowment fund in the amount of $100,000, for
battered women in honor of Seta Baghdassarian, his wife, who left her
mark on the ARS in Lebanon, and particularly at the Araxi
Boulghourjian Socio-Medical Centre in Beirut, where she volunteered
since the medical center was established in 1981. Antranig
Baghdassarian, who has been a long-time supporter of the ARS of
Western USA, was honored with the ARS Legacy Award.

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the first ever Armenian elected to the
City of Los Angeles Council (District 2), announced at the Gala that
his office has identified county grant funding in the amount of
$50,000 to fund an ARS Social Services office in North Hollywood. He
stated, “~TUpon our meeting with the ARS of Western USA Executive
Board, we took their suggestions to open a social service center in
North Hollywood very seriously and identified county grant funding”.

Krekorian, in whose district the social services office would be, has
a long legislative record for taking care of peoples’ basic needs.

LA Citycouncilman Paul Krekorian

Gala attendees also got a glimpse of the redesigned ARS-WUSA website,
which is now accessible from multiple platforms and browsers

Additionally, $100,000 was raised during the Gala program from over
550 supporters and donors mostly from Southern California, as well as
from the Fresno and Oakland areas, for ARS programs. Bozoyan praised
the ARS volunteers and staff for their hard work throughout the year,
and acknowledged the volunteers of the Gala committee, headed by
ARS-WUSA General Manager Jasik Jarahian.

The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA, established in 1984 and
with regional headquarters in Glendale, has 27 chapters and more than
1,500 members in five western states. The ARS-WUSA operates a Social
Services Division and Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center, and
funds numerous youth programs, scholarships, and relief efforts. For
further information, please visit or call 818 500

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