Richard Hagopian, Sergio La Porta to Be Honored by Knights at Banquet


Sergio La Porta

Sergio La Porta

Richard Hagopian

Richard Hagopian

FRESNO — The Knights of Vartan announce that the Men of the Year banquet will be held on Saturday, April 16, at Pardini’s Banquet Hall.

This year the Knights of Vartan, in conjunction with the Daughters of Vartan, are honoring two outstanding leaders in the Armenian community. Richard Hagopian will be recognized for his contributions to Armenian culture through art and music. Hagopian is a master oud player, and is considered the finest in the world. Also being honored is Dr. Sergio La Porta for his contributions to Armenian culture through education and scholarship. La Porta is a professor of Armenian Studies at CSU Fresno and, among other accomplishments, spearheaded Fresno’s Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee. The social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a fine meal, and dessert, at 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Kevin Memley will entertain diners, followed by more lively entertainment by DJ Diko Chekian.

For tickets and more information, including sponsorships, contact Dr. Dennis or Rita Shamlian.