The Armenian Nationwide Committee of America Burbank hosted its Annual Armenian Christmas Gathering on the Armenian Cultural Basis Beshir Mardirossian Burbank Youth Middle on Monday, January 9.
The event celebrates the efforts of ANCA Burbank and its allies in addressing points associated to the Armenian folks of Burbank, in addition to broader points all through town. Over 60 folks had been in attendance, together with members of ANCA Burbank, elected officers, police and fireplace personnel, metropolis workers, and different neighborhood leaders who help the group. Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Burbank Vice Mayor Nick Schultz, Burbank Metropolis Councilmembers Zizette Mullins and Nikki Perez, Burbank Unified Faculty District Superintendent Matt Hill, Burbank Police Chief Michael Albanese, Burbank Hearth Chief Eric Garcia, and representatives of Senator Anthony Portantino, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman had been amongst these current.
ANCA Burbank Chair Sarkis Simonian started the occasion by wishing everybody a contented new yr and acknowledging the elected officers and their representatives who appeared on the get-together whereas the gang was served do-it-yourself Armenian meals and desserts. Subsequent, Barger gave a speech, and ACF Burbank Chair Antranik Charjafjian spoke about how the blockade of the Lachin hall is impacting 120,000 folks in Artsakh, also referred to as Nagorno-Karabakh.
For Simonian, a spotlight of the occasion was “speaking to mates from all walks of life/organizations within the metropolis in a relaxed, open, and pleasant surroundings whereas having fun with good meals and drinks,” he says. As well as, he states that the ANCA Burbank Christmas ceremony represents the harmonious relationship between the group and plenty of impactful contributors to Burbank. Simonian believes gatherings like this one convey to the Armenian neighborhood that there’s a group that’s devoted to “taking care of them” regionally.
“It symbolized the mutual respect and cooperation between ANCA and elected officers, town and neighborhood leaders and assures the Armenian inhabitants in Burbank that there’s a company that’s taking care of them and Armenian causes within the metropolis,” Simonian stated of the celebration.
In 2023, Simonian and different members of ANCA Burbank intend to proceed collaborating with different native organizations. In addition they plan on presenting the BUSD with the concept of a doable Armenian twin immersion program. Moreover, Simonian says ANCA Burbank is organizing a citywide well being and wellness honest for underserved communities within the coming months, which is to be funded via a grant from Windfall Saint Joseph Medical Middle. Shifting ahead, The ANCA Burbank crew stays keen about aiding the entire individuals who make up Burbank.
“It’s all the time a pleasure to see the neighborhood be a part of collectively for an occasion and particularly this one, because it’s a celebration of the neighborhood!” Simonian stated. “We have a look at town as one massive neighborhood no matter ethnicity, and we perceive that if one half suffers, the remainder suffers too, and we work diligently to help all communities.”
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