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CATHOLICOS KAREKIN II HONORS NAZAR AND ARTEMIS NAZARIAN FOR A LIFETIME OF SERVICE AND PHILANTHROPY

 

"There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward." These prophetic words by legendary poet Kahlil Gibran might be considered the lifelong creed of Mr. and Mrs. Nazar and Artemis Nazarian. On Friday evening, May 10, close to 400 people attended a gala banquet in New York's famed Plaza Hotel, to bear witness as the visiting Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II, personally bestowed on the deserving couple the "Knight of Holy Etchmiadzin" Medal-the highest honor of the Armenian Church. The event was sponsored by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and the Armenian General Benevolent Union, and went forward under the auspices of Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and AGBU President Berge Setrakian. Among the dignitaries in attendance were Diocesan Legate in Washington, D.C. Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Vice Prime Minister of Armenia Armen Gevorgyan, United Nations Security Council Director Dr. Movses Abelian, Armenia's Ambassador to the United States Tatoul Markarian, Armenia's Ambassador to the United Nations Garen Nazarian, and and co-chair of the Armenian Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Frank Pallone. Welcoming the enthusiastic throng seated at flower-bedecked tables in the chandeliered ballroom, Nila Festekjian, chair of the banquet committee, highlighted the significance of the evening by calling the Nazarians "a couple who we love, cherish, and respect."