TCA-ADS Celebrates Its 33rd Annual Dinner Dance

TCA-ADS Celebrates Its 33rd Annual Dinner Dance

Over $20,000 Raised To Support The School

Los Angeles, April 7, 2014 – On Saturday, March 22, guests, parents, teachers, students and supporters of TCA Arshag Dickranian School gathered at the Walter and Laurel Karabian Hall to celebrate the School’s 33rd Annual Dinner Dance. The event was sponsored by the Board of Trustees and organized by the Parent-Teacher Organization and included a delicious Mediterranean menu catered by Kitchen X and diverse dance music by DJ Chris. Among the luminaries attending the event were benefactor Mr. Hmayak Baltayan, special guests Mr. & Mrs. Armen Hampar and Mrs. Lena Sarkissian from Toronto, as well as school board members.

The celebration started with the opening remarks of ADS alumna from Class of 1999, Mrs. Ojean Sinanian, who acted as the MC of the event. In her welcoming message, Mrs. Sinanian made a point to expound on the purpose of the evening and encouraged all attendants to enjoy their evening.

ADS alumna Mrs. Ojean Sinanian who acted as the MC of the event welcoming guests

ADS alumna Mrs. Ojean Sinanian who acted as the MC of the event welcoming guests

Mrs. Marine Topalian, alumna from Class of 1998 and member of the PTO, also took the podium and greeted guests, informing them that as an ADS alumna who also sends her children to this School, she looks forward to seeing future generations graduate from Arshag Dickranian School. Rev. Archpriest Manoug Markarian was then invited for the invocation.

First on the program was an Armenian folk dance performance by the Hamazkayin Ani Dance Group, who were dressed in traditional Armenian costumes and mesmerized attendants with their moves. Next, 2011 School alumna, Ani Nercessian, performed a song in English, which reminded all attendants of the talented students who have graduated from ADS.

The Hamazkayin Ani Dance Group entertaining guests with Armenian folk dance

The Hamazkayin Ani Dance Group entertaining guests with Armenian folk dance

As the evening progressed, Mrs. Sinanian invited Principal Dr. Manoug Seraydarian to the podium. Dr. Seraydarian welcomed attendants and talked about his experiences growing up in Aleppo at an institute partially founded by the late Mr. Arshag Dickranian, stressing how proud he is to be now working at a School bearing his name. He also stressed upon the School’s commitment to its Alma Mater and wished a bright future for the School. Mrs. Sinanian then invited Board Chairman Mr. George K. Mandossian to deliver his remarks. In his remarks, Mr. Mandossian recognized the efforts of his fellow Board Member Ms. Gia Aivazian who has served as a Board Member for over 30 years. He proceeded by inviting Ms. Aivazian to the podium, where he, along with Vice Chairman of the Board Mr. Parsegh Kartalian and Board Member Mr. Osheen Keshishian, awarded her with a Plaque, honoring her hard work and dedication to Arshag Dickranian School. Ms. Aivazian took the podium, thanking her fellow Board Members, reminiscing about her experiences at ADS throughout the years and recognizing the efforts of her colleagues there. Next, Board Members Mrs. Shirley Kandralyan and Mr. Osheen Keshishian approached the podium and addressed attendants about the accomplishments of the School and their hopes for the near future. Mr. Keshishian then started the fundraising activities of the event.

Vice Chairman of the Board Mr. Parsegh Kartalian and Board Member Mr. Osheen Keshishian, and Chairman of the Board awarding Ms. Gia Aivazian with a Plaque, honoring her hard work and dedication. Board Member Mrs. Shirley Kandralyan on far right.

Vice Chairman of the Board Mr. Parsegh Kartalian and Board Member Mr. Osheen Keshishian, and Chairman of the Board awarding Ms. Gia Aivazian with a Plaque, honoring her hard work and dedication. Board Member Mrs. Shirley Kandralyan on far right.

The event continued with guests enjoying the delicious menu and live music to which they danced with spirit and fervor, igniting an air of celebration, while students ventured from one table to another, selling raffle tickets and collecting donations. The grand raffle prize of the event was a Vacation Home in Palm Springs for two nights, which was won by Mr. and Mrs. Hagop and Suzy Mazloumian.

Parents and attendants enjoying the evening

Parents and attendants enjoying the evening

Next, Mrs. Sinanian invited Ms. Aivazian and the members of the PTO to cut the cakes, after which she took the podium again and thanked all those who participated in the fundraising. She also thanked the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff and PTO members for their selfless devotion and diligence in organizing and presenting this event.

Ms. Gia Aivazian and PTO Members cutting the cakes

Ms. Gia Aivazian and PTO Members cutting the cakes

Over the years, the PTO has been instrumental in holding various educational and social functions and, most importantly, organizing the annual banquets, all for the sole purpose of upholding the welfare and educational mission of Arshag Dickranian School.

The traditional take home memento of the event was the special booklet printed for the occasion, which contained the messages of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Principal, as well as the congratulatory remarks of sister-chapters and supporters.

Next, young and old filled the dance floor stepping, swaying and forming circles as they danced to lively music of DJ Chris, till the wee hours of the morning.

Located at 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, the TCA Arshag Dickranian Armenian School is a federally tax exempt, Pre-K to 12th grade private educational institution. For more information visit the School website at www.dickranianschool.org.

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