Charity Gala Dinner with Lord Darzi

Well attended Gala Dinner that took place at “Holiday Inn” in Kensington on February 27th was another successful event in the life of London Armenians. The dinner was organised by the Ladies Committee of the Primate’s Office led by Jeanine Gulvanesian under the auspices of the bishop of the Armenian Church in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was to support the project of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, providing accommodation to the families affected by the earthquake in Armenia 1988 and who still live in cottages and have not received any support as of yet. The keynote speaker was Professor Dr the Lord Ara Darzi who spoke about His life journey, the resilience of Armenians and the importance of the Church and community. Dr Hratch Tchilingerian was the master of ceremonies. The greeting speeches were made by Mrs Jeanine Gulvanessian, chairperson of Ladies Committee, HE Dr Arman Kirakossian, Armenian Ambassador and Dr Seta Poghosyan, the head of British Armenian Health Association. Miss Vanouhi and Sipan Petrosyan from Akhtamar Dance group performed beautiful Armenian folk dances and then Hovik Arakelyan, Choirmaster of St. Sarkis Church, performed Armenian and classical songs. Stepan Nalbantian provided beautiful Armenian music. A short documentary was shown made by “Shoghakat TV” in Armenia about the project. 

At the end of the Dinner Primate thanked Lord Darzi for his continued support to the Armenian Church and community and the speakers. He expressed his sincere appreciations to Dr Hratch Tchilingerian for his commitment and support not only on the day but also throughout the years to the Armenian Church and the Primate. His Grace expressed his thankfulness wholeheartedly to the Ladies Committee members for all their hard work. Special thanks were made to dancers, singers, ACYO London Chapter as well as talented Armenian young artist Ms Anna Virabyan who presented one of her artworks to the Lord Darzi. For supporting this or other projects of the diocese please contact

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