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Washington DC- In March, 2021, the Knights of Vartan and Armenia Tools4Schools provided $16,000 to the Martuni Vocational School in Martuni, Republic of Artsakh to purchase a school bus, tools and equipment, and construct improvements around the school property.   The school provides vocational trade education to students ages 13 through 17 living in the 15 villages that surround the town of Martuni. Tuition is free and the school relies entirely on the Republic of Artsakh government for funding.  Martuni Vocational School currently has 110 students, 33 instructors, and 19 building operations and administrative staff.

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The Knights and Daughters of Vartan are pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Man of the Year and the newly-established Woman of the Year Awards.  The Awards will be presented at the Knights and Daughters of Vartan Grand Banquet on Saturday, July 5, 2015, 7:30pm, as part of their national convocation being held at the Grand Hyatt in Downtown San Diego.  Both honorees will be in attendance.

Knights of Vartan Man of the Year 2014 – Congressman Adam B. Schiff











The national leadership of the Knights of Vartan has selected The Honorable Congressman Adam Schiff as the 2014 Man of the Year.

Mr. Schiff is one of the most influential and Armenian-friendly United States congressmen in Washington, DC. The national committee of the Knights of Vartan cited the following accomplishments of Congressman Schiff:

His track record on Armenian issues, including assistance to Armenia and Karabagh; his honoring the victims of the Armenia Genocide and sponsoring resolution for the recognition of the Genocide; and his calling on the Republic of Turkey to end all religious persecution and return of stolen Christian Church properties, were the reasons that the Knights of Vartan Brotherhood voted to make Congressman Schiff the winner of the 2014 Man of The Year humanitarian award.”

Adam Bennett Schiff was born in 1960 in Framingham, Massachusetts to a traditional Jewish family. He received a political science degree from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Adam went on to distinguish himself in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, CA, before winning election to the California State Senate where he served a four-year term. While State Senator, he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Joint Committee on the Arts and the Senate Select Committee on Juvenile Justice.

He is the U.S. House Representative for California’s 28th Congressional District and served in Congress since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. In 2007, he became a member of the House Appropriations Committee.  He also served on the House International Relations Committee for six years.

Congressman Schiff is long-time member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues.The Knights of Vartan applaud Congressman Schiff for his strength of character, his convictions and his actions in support of Armenian people throughout the world.

Former recipients of the Man of the Year Award include Mark Geragos, Esq. Ragip Zarakoglu, Taner Akcam, US Ambassador John Evans and Peter Balakian.

Daughters of Vartan Woman of the Year 2014 – Lucine Amara











The national leadership of the Daughters of Vartan has selected legendary soprano Lucine Amara as the inaugural recipient of the Daughters of Vartan Woman of the Year Award.

Widely considered one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th Century, Ms. Lucine Amara is an American success story. Her name has become synonymous with the Metropolitan Opera.

She was born Lucine Armaganian in Hartford, Connecticut, before moving to San Francisco, where she grew up and trained as a vocalist.  After only one year of voice training, she was accepted in the San Francisco Opera Chorus as a Contralto. Three years later she became a dramatic soprano singing the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos and Lady Billows in the opera Albert Herring.

Shortly thereafter, Ms. Amara joined the Metropolitan Opera in New York City — singing 882 onstage performances, 5 opening nights, 9 new productions, 57 radio broadcasts and, incredibly, 56 roles.

She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the “Voice from Heaven” in Verdi’s Don Carlos and appeared regularly as Micaëla in Carmen, Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly, and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Nedda in Pagliacci, and Mimi in La bohème.  Her repertoire also included Leonora in Il trovatore, as well as Aida.

Ms. Amara appeared in the 1951 MGM film The Great Caruso with Mario Lanza and has made various recordings, including Pagliacci with Franco Corelli and Richard Tucker. Her credits are immense: she has performed in 33 opera houses and with 25 symphony orchestras throughout the United States.

The national chair (Grand Matron) of the Daughters of Vartan, Lisa Kradjian, said the feeling was unanimous among the national officers. “There are of course many remarkable Armenian women serving our community today, but we felt that for the first recipient of this award, no other Armenian woman has graced this world with more accomplishment, artistry, spirit and service for her people than Lucine Amara.”

Starting in 2014, the Daughters of Vartan Woman of the Year Award will be given annually to a woman who has served Armenian people and heritage with excellence, just as the Knights of Vartan have similarly honored a Man of the Year.

For more information about the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, visit their website,, or their pages on Facebook and Twitter.

The Grand Banquet and Man and Woman of the Year Awards are part of the Grand Convocation of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, which occurs in a different city each year and welcomes hundreds of members and patrons from across the country.

This year’s convocation is being presented by the San Diego chapters of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, One Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101, 619-232-1234. The banquet is open to the public.  For banquet tickets and more information, please visit or call 619-742-2719.