December 2018 Newsletter

As we look back on the past month, we want to recognize the various events our chapters have held.
"Erebouni" (New York)
Armenian Wine Tasting

On Friday, December 7, 2018 the ARS Erebouni Chapter of New York hosted an Armenian wine tasting event at Saint Sarkis Church in Douglaston, NY.  Over 60 adults participated in the classy evening surrounded by great company, tasty food donated by Ungerouhi’s, and Armenian wines provided by Krush! Armenian Wine Imports, Inc.  
"Lousintak" (Lowell) & "Arax" (Merrimack Valley)
Yankee Swap and Christmas Dinner

Members of the Lowell Lousintak and Merrimack Valley Arax ARS Chapters came together to celebrate Christmas with dinner and Yankee swap. This was the first time so many members were able to attend and enjoy ourselves, and we look forward to many more gatherings!
"Mayr" (New York)
Vision 2020 Fundraiser

The ARS Mayr chapter in New York recently hosted a fundraiser for Vision 2020. It was an amazing evening with a Spanish flare; there were empanadas, paella, plenty of bottles of wine, and Flamenco music and dancing.

The event was specifically for Vision 2020, an international-level effort to  provide   moral and financial assistance to community initiatives throughout the eastern U.S., Armenia, Artsakh, Javakh, and Syria.
"Knar" (Worcester)
Rehabilitation Center for Soldiers

The Worcester “Knar” Chapter worked industriously to raise funds for the renovation of the Military Disability Center, housed in Yerevan’s Heratsi Hospital. We thank those who supported the ARS by attending our luncheon, as well as those who generously donated to our cause.

Our community not only raised the $1,700 for the purchase of a new hospital bed, but enough to purchase additional needed equipment for the Disability Center! We thank the Worcester Community for assisting us in supporting our wounded soldiers from Armenia and Artsakh! 

"Leola Sassouni" (Watertown)
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

The members of the ARS Leola Sassouni Chapter served one of the largest traditional Thanksgiving feasts in Watertown, Massachusetts. This chapter has been hosting Thanksgiving for the local Armenian community for over 40 years.

Two dozen members were recognized for their selfless dedication to the organization with a meritorious service award and an honorary pin. The evening concluded with a performance by Huyser Music Ensemble.
"Maro" (Detroit)
Judicial Appointment of Ungeruhie

Our own Krista Haroutunian, from the ARS Maro chapter of Detroit, was appointed Judge of the 17 th Judicial Court of Redford Michigan by governor Rick Snyder on December 3 rd . Krista has been a member of the Maro chapter for 25 years. She has followed in the footsteps of her great grandmother Araxe Ohanesesian, Grand Rapids MI chapter, and grandmother Nevart Haroutunian, Ani Chapter of Metro Detroit.

We are very proud of Krista and an honor to call her an Ungerouhie.

"Shushi" (Cambridge)
Paint Night Fundraiser

The ARS Shushi chapter of Cambridge hosted a paint night, called "Let's Paint the Night Red, Blue and Orange" on Dec. 3rd, to benefit St. Stephen's Armenian Schools.

With over 75 people in attendance, and different generations of women, the event was a success! The fundraising goals were met, and attendees who were previously unfamiliar with the work of the ARS were able to learn more about the organization.
"Ani" (Providence)
Senior Citizens Annual Christmas Party

On December 7th, the Providence ARS Social Services Committee sponsored its annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. 90 seniors enjoyed a day filled with fun and good food.

Christmas carols were sung, and then Armenian music was played so the guests could dance. It was a special treat when Spiros Dionisopoulos and Steve Ashukian danced a Greek solo. Mrs. Santa arrived with gifts for everyone. A raffle was held with $500 being raised to benefit the Mourad Armenian School. It has been over 25 years since the Social Services has been helping people.
"Artsakh" (Cleveland)
Fundraiser for ARS Artsakh Programs

The ARS Cleveland Artsakh chapter organized a fundraising event to raise funds to benefit ARS programs in Artsakh. $5,107 was raised during the event. The event was held on November 4, 2018 at the St. Gregory of Narek Cultural Hall. Guests and organizers alike had an enjoyable time with great food and desserts while supporting a great cause.
"Zavarian" (Detroit)
Annual Christmas Program and Party

O n Friday December 21, the ARS Zavarian Armenian One Day School of Detroit held its annual Christmas program/party.

The students preformed songs, poems and a skit about the birth of Jesus, to their parents and friends that attended. Students put their wishes for the new year on a Christmas tree.

Gaghant Baba delivered cheer ou chamich as well as gifts to all the students.
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