Sitting in his Glendale office, Steven Hovagimian clicks through Facebook pictures at his desk. One shows him in a dress, wig and jewelry pretending to be an old Armenian woman in a comedy skit to raise money for Glendale’s Unified Young Armenians group. In that same photo, the real woman standing next to him, he said, is his wife.
“She says I’m crazy, but says, ‘You’re doing all this for the kids, so, why not?’”
He supports Unified Young Armenians (UYA) with encouragement, time and his endearing sense of humor when he’s not working as a social worker for Los Angeles County or as a deacon with the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church or as a TV show host on “Cornerstone” (“Himnakar” in Armenian), which airs on AMGA, a local Armenian TV network that airs over Charter Cable Channel 380.
He believes that some Armenian children living Los Angeles between 1976 and early 1990s were not properly cared for, so he promised to join a young movement.