Reception Held in Honor of New York Tekeyan Benefactors


VartivarianReceptionENGLEWOOD, N.J. – A reception was held on February 6 at the home of Hagop and Maria Vartivarian to thank benefactors who helped the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) of Greater New York in 2015.

Plans for TCA activities in 2016, including theatrical performances in Yerevan and Gumri this April, were presented.

Among the benefactors present were Nazar and Artemis Nazarian, Edward and Carmen Gulbenkian, and Henri Dimidjian. Dr. Raffy and Shoghag Hovanessian, Saro and Hilda Haroutunian, Dr. Hagop Gulekjian, Helen Misk and Charles and Diana Mkhitarian were also in attendance. Also attending the reception was the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

All these guests wholeheartedly supported the extensive, innovative and, consequently, expensive activities TCA organized in 2015.

In his remarks, host Hagop Vartivarian dwelled in particular on the philanthropy of the Nazarians. He recalled their ties to the Armenian Mirror-Spectator in Boston, Azg in Yerevan, and, in general, with the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (ADL). When Artemis Nazarian’s birthday was noted, she pointed out that having grown up with the ADL ideology through her uncle Charlie Sulahian, she continues her service to her people in the same spirit.

The ambassador provided information on United Nations programs and answered questions from the guests.