• The Etchmiadzin Children’s Fund held its 9th Annual Grand Gala Night at the prestigious Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale, California on Saturday, September 6, 2014. More than 150 ECF friends, donors and supporters attended the celebratory event which marked its 24th year of establishment.

    Garo Ghazarian, Esq., former Chairman of the Armenian Bar Association, served as the Master of Ceremonies. In his opening remarks, ECF Chair Mr. Sayat Oruncakciel reflected on the success of the ECF since its inception in 1990. He encouraged active participation in making a difference in the lives of children, many of whom are orphaned or living below sub-poverty levels.

    In his message, the Primate commended the dedication of Mr. Sayat Oruncakciel, ECF Committee members, Mr. Diran Avagyan and their active role in ensuring the successful gala banquet. Noting the involvement of the youth of community, Archbishop Derderian said “the sparkle in the eyes of the children of Armenia is the joy that we receive as a gift. The most rewarding of tonight’s event is the composition of the committee by young leaders of the community and the presence of youth to support the cause.”

    Guests took home a commemorative booklet printed especially for the auspicious occasion containing the messages of the Diocesan Primate, ECF Chair and California Assemblymember Mike Gatto.   

    The evening’s entertainment was provided by DJ Robert. The evening included raffle prizes ranging from a Breitling Watch to a Nicole Bakti Dress.