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11/07/2019

By Grand Commander Steven R. Adams  and Grand Matron Alice Kalustian

(FRESNO) — The Knights and Daughters of Vartan, established over 100 years ago as an aftermath of the Genocide of our people at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government, commends the action of the United States House of Representatives with the passing of House Resolution 269.  The recognition of the Armenian Genocide is a critical and necessary step in our quest for recognition of the systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenian people. 

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A benefit banquet to sponsor scholarships

ST. Vartan  Church and the Knights & Daughters of Vartan hold a benefit banquet to sponsor scholarships for KZV Armenian school students

The Parish Council of St. Vartan Church along with the San Francisco Daron Lodge & Araxi Otyag of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan hosted a lovely Benefit Banquet on April 6, 2013 in the Church social hall.  Funds raised from the Banquet are intended to provide twoKZVArmenianSchoolstudents with tuition scholarships.  The goal was to raise $10,000.00.

This Benefit Banquet was held in an effort to support the only full time Armenian day school in northernCalifornia, one that not only provides academic excellence and a first-rate education, but also teaches its students the Armenian language, religion, culture, traditions, and history.

The KZV Benefit Banquet Committee served a first rate delectable dinner, held a silent auction featuring rugs from Eastern Anatolia and Karabagh, jewelry, and a painting by our very own resident artist, Norma Yaglijian.  Guests enjoyed a very interesting and thoroughly entertaining program, featuring an enlightening presentation on theKZVArmenianSchoolby Grace Andonian, Principal; along with group singing, Armenian dancing, and recitations by KZV students.  Yn. Anahit Ohanyan, accompanied by Araks Aghazarian on piano, captivated the audience with a mesmerizing and exquisite vocal performance of two beautiful and emotionally charged Armenian songs, Mesrob Mashdots, and Ov tu Keghetsik.  A rousing piano solo performance by Araks Aghazarian of Aram Khachaturian’s Toccata in E-flat minor brought everyone to their feet.