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Money raised for domestic violence outreach

August 30, 2011

The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA held a fundraising event at its regional headquarters in Glendale on Aug. 14 in which the organization raised more than $15,000 for domestic violence outreach objectives.

It was the first such fundraising event the Armenian Relief Society has ever held to address domestic violence.

The Armenian Relief Society Shelter coordinated with local organizations’ shelters such as Door of Hope and the YWCA. The Armenian Relief Society Shelter Committee Chair Aida Babayan presented a report on the society’s outreach program addressing domestic violence and discussed the establishment of a telephone hotline service.

Osheen Keshishian, a professor at Glendale Community College, served as the keynote speaker. He discussed case studies, cited potential causes of domestic violence and stressed the essential need for domestic violence outreach.

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The Rev. Fr. Ardak Demirjian offered his blessings and encouragement. Maestro Hovsep Torossian played the keyboard to entertain the dinner guests as soprano Alice Haroutounian accompanied him with widely cherished Armenian songs.

Chairwoman Nyree Derderian represented the regional executive board of the Armenian Relief Society when she thanked the donors for their contribution to the society’s outreach goals.

Several community leaders attended the event. Among them included Vicky Marashlian, chairwoman of the Armenian Relief Society, and Nova Hindoyan, member of the Armenian Relief Society’s executive board. Apo Boghigian, editor of the Asbarez newspaper, was there along with Carol Ann Burton, chairwoman of the YWCA. Chairwoman of the Commission on the Status of Women in Glendale, Paula Devine, was present along with Liz Mirzayan, chairwoman of Glendale’s chapter of Soroptimist International.

Visit www.arswestusa.org.

Woman’s club holds tasteful event

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club held a wine tasting event in early August.

The event was held at the Wine Cave in Montrose where members played games and earned prizes as they enjoyed wine and appetizers.

Ellie Pipes answered correctly when she said that Josepy Hawkins became the club’s first president in 1911.

Funds raised from the event will benefit one of the club’s charities.

Visit www.lacrescentawomansclub.webs.com.

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