ANCA-Pasadena Hosts Annual Reception


PASADENA—The Armenian National Committee of America Pasadena Chapter hosted its annual reception last month at the Armenian Center. City and State officials, supporters, friends, and prominent members of the Armenian American Community were present to celebrate.

ANCA – Pasadena Chapter Board Chairperson, Shoghig Yepremian, introduced the dignitaries and guests of the day and thanked everyone for their unwavering support of the Armenian American Community in the city of Pasadena. In retrospect, Ms. Yepremian highlighted the enormous amount of work that was carried out by the ANCA board members for the past year and went on to congratulate the ANCA – Pasadena Chapter Board for its persistent hard work and diligence in looking out for the best interests of the Armenian American community in the city of Pasadena.

The guests of the ANCA in attendance included City of Pasadena Mayor, the Hon. Bill Bogaard; Councilmembers Margaret McAustin (District 2), Gene Masuda (District 4) and Terry Tornek (District 7); Pasadena City Manager, Michael Beck; State Assemblyman Chris Holden’s Representative, Gerald Phillips; City of Sierra Madre Mayor Pro-Tem, John Harabedian; Pasadena Chief of Police, Philip Sanchez; Pasadena City Treasurer Vic Erganian; Hovan Sarkisian (Chairperson) and Harry Kouladjian of the Pasadena Armenian Police Advisory Committee (PAPAC). Also present was former mayor of the City of Pasadena, the Hon. William Paparian; Pasadena City College Board Trustee, Dr. Mark Rocha; Pasadena Unified School District Board Member, Elizabeth Pomeroy; Principal, Marshall High School, Dr. Mark Anderson; Hoori Chalian from PUSD; PUSD Liaison Specialist, Suzanne Berberian; Recreation and Parks Commissioner, Ciran Hadjian, State Senator Carol Liu’s Representative, Nareene Karakashian and ANCA – Western Region Board Members, Raffi Kassabian and Arpie Jivalagian.

A special gratitude goes to State Senator Judy Chu, whose office participated in a coordinated effort with the AYF in the canned food drive donation to the Union Station in Pasadena, and Marshall High School Band and their music instructor Joel Lopez, for their spectacular music.

The ANCA – Pasadena Chapter Board promised to continue its ongoing work to lead the community in the right direction in the upcoming year as it has in the past and see to it that efforts in the upcoming elections the much anticipated genocide memorial project be fulfilled in time for the centennial commemoration in April 2015.