Knights of Vartan Prepare for Annual Awards Gala


By Gabriella Gage

Mirror-Spectator Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On Friday, November 9, the Knights of Vartan Ararat Lodge will hold its annual awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The reception will take place at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m.

The Knights will honor Haig Deranian, a member for more than 30 years and a former grand commander, as the “Man of the Year.” On receiving this honor, Deranian remarked, “I appreciate being chosen. I look at it as a great accomplishment. But I also need to give credit to all those I have worked with over the years. They have inspired me and I guess I have inspired them. It has really been a team effort… so I accept this award on behalf of all those I have worked with over the years in the Armenian community.”

New Sparabed Jirair Demirchian will also be in attendance and said of this year’s “Man of the Year,” “He [Deranian] deserves the man of the year award. He has always been a great leader for all the lodges and for the community.”

As the leader of the lodge, Demirchian said he hopes to “continue to help all the Armenian organizations in the community.” Demirchian shared his specific goals for his time as leader: “My goal is to help Armenian schools. […] Without the Armenian schools, children won’t learn about our history, heritage and culture.”

Watertown attorney and former president of the Armenian National Institute, Robert A. Kaloosdian will receive the community leader award for his decades of dedication to Armenian causes within the community. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by such an important organization,” said Kaloosdian. He was a co-founder of the Armenian Assembly of America, and is a co-founder of the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marion Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University.

Paul Boghosian will receive the “Faithful Knight” award. Boghosian, a longtime member, has been helping the Armenian community for more than 30 years. When asked about being named this year’s Faithful Knight, he said, “I’m excited, but it is also a time of reflection. I have been involved in this work for over 30 years. I became involved with the Knights of Vartan in the 1990s. Many of my closest friends and people that inspire me are in the Knights of Vartan. We are a there as a fraternity of men working for the survival of Armenian culture, history and language […] I feel humbled, privileged and grateful by having the opportunity to contribute to my community.”

Boghosian also credited his late parents for fostering his devotion to Armenian causes, saying, “I am very much a product of their devotion and to dedication to Armenian causes. My parents taught me to always do the right thing and that is what I try to do. I’m proud that I’m fulfilling what they wanted me to do.”

“I commend the lodge for recognizing three great men who help the Armenian community here and all over the world,” said Grand Commander of the Knights of Vartan, Nigoghos Atinizian.

The Knights of Vartan, a fraternal organization, has been in existence since 1916. It was founded to assist Armenian organizations and various charities.

For more information and tickets to the November 9 program, call (617) 354-0632. The event is black tie optional and complimentary parking is available.