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03/22/2019

This year the Armenian Heritage Cruise (AHC) took place January 20 to January 27, 2019 aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Allure of the Seas”.  The AHC Committee honored the Knights and Daughters of Vartan by providing time to present a program during the cruise.  Members of the Knights and Daughters leadership in attendance were Grand Commander Dr. Gary Zamanigian, Grand Matron Diana Tookmanian, Past Grand Commander Bob Barsam and Past Grand Matron Sona Manuelian.  Special guests included Archbishop Khoren Toghramadjian, Prelate of Cypress and Prof. Taner Akcam, author of “The Killing Orders – Talaat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide”.

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Knights of Vartan First Donation to Ministry of Health of Artsakh Republic

Yerevan- On July 17, 2017 Knights of Vartan Past Commander of the Ani Lodge in Washington, DC, Mr. Jake Bournazian, traveled to Artsakh with his son and daughter to make the endowment on behalf of Knights of Vartan (KOV) in Artsakh.

The $10,000 donation was made to Ms. Karine Atayn, Minister of Health of Artsakh Republic to contribute to the costs of purchasing medical equipment for a new oncology treatment facility in Stepanakert.

Construction of the new oncology dispensary was recently completed in May, 2017 through funding from Vardan and Koharig Ohanessian in France. During his visit Mr. Bournazian met with the Minister of Health of Artsakh Ms. Karine Atayan to discuss the major equipment needs to enable the dispensary to be operational. After the meeting Mr. Bournazian and his family visited with the doctors and nursing staff at the current facility where patients are diagnosed and then toured the new building of the oncological dispensary.  “The newly built oncology dispensary building needs more medical equipment and this donation from Knights of Vartan will be used to help improve health care for cancer patients in Artsakh.  Cancer rates have dramatically increased in the population in Artsakh over the past 10 years.  Any support to improve the life of our compatriots is very much appreciated” said Ms. Atayan.

“It is great to see so many improvements in Artsakh today, but still there is much to be done. I hope this example from our Lodge will inspire others to follow” said Mr. Bournazian.