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With the recent events taking place in Armenia and Artsakh, the Knights of Vartan Nareg-Shavarshan Lodge of Greater Detroit, in addition to their monetary donation to the Hayastan All Armenia Fund, felt it was necessary to do something more. Coincidently, one of the Lodge’s newest members, Greg Baise, approached Commander Kazar Terterian and proposed the idea of a possible donation of medical supplies from World Medical Relief (WMR) whose headquarters are located in Southfield, Michigan; it turns out, Baise, a Pharmacist by profession, is on the Board of Directors of the organization.

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Help Armenia and Artsakh

The Knights and Daughters raise and transfer $250,000 for the Armenia Fund on October 27, 2020. In this difficult time, when the people of our homeland need us, we stand united.

Just over a week ago, Avak Sbarabed Steve Adams called for an emergency Avak Tahlij. Typically, the Avak Tahlij meets only once a year during the Grand Convocation. This time, and on very short notice, more than 100 members participated via zoom and voted unanimously to allocate $100,000 to the Armenia Fund (the western chapter of the All Armenian Fund)The Avak Tivan immediately informed all Knights and Daughters of the vote. Our Tahlijes and Otyags across the United States contributed to the effort and held fundraisers of their own. In addition to our Knights and Daughters, the fundraising drive was also buoyed both by Armenians who are not members of our brother and sisterhood and non-Armenians who wanted to support our people. As of October 27th, $250,000 has been raised and transferred by the Avak Tivan to the Armenia Fund.

Before the emergency Avak Tahlij, many of our members had already donated to various fundraising efforts supporting Armenia and Artsakh. Our brothers and sisters there need your help now more than ever.“This has been a very difficult time for Armenians.” says our Avak Sbarabed Steven Adams. “We watch what is going on there, and we feel helpless here. The only thing we can do is raise awareness around the world and raise funds. Every April 24th, we get together and commemorate the Armenian genocide of 1915, which was the first genocide of the 20th century. We should do everything to stop the possible first genocide of the 21st century. This is not the end of our assistance but must only be the beginning. If we want to call ourselves “Armenians” then we must come to the aid of our homeland.”

Avak Dirouhie Alice Kalustian expressed “Some of our members have family in Armenia, fighting to save the homeland, some made the ultimate sacrifice. We pray for the safety of our people. We must never allow another genocide! Even if you have already contributed, please consider if you can do more.”