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Cleveland Community Raises $8,000 for Syrian Relief

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio—The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Cleveland “Artsakh” Chapter on Sun., Nov. 11, organized a fundraising event to support the Syrian-Armenians currently suffering from the atrocities of war. The Cleveland Armenian community came together at Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church, and raised a total of $8,300.

The event began with the singing of the Armenian National Anthem, “Mer Hairenik.” Ungerouhi Rose Paratto from the Cleveland chapter conveyed the ARS’s mission, as well as the Syrian-Armenians’ current harrowing situation. Paratto then introduced several special guests who had come from out of town to support the event; they included Angele Manoogian from the ARS Central Committee, Arpy Seferian from the ARS Chicago “Zabelle” Chapter, and Ani Attar from ARS Eastern USA Regional Board of Directors, who addressed the community.

Antranig Kasbarian from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) also addressed the community. Although no stranger to the Cleveland Armenian community, George Asadorian was introduced and addressed the group, and encouraged the fundraising marathon.

Members of the ARS “Artsakh” Chapter donated, cooked, and graciously served the food and desserts. Other members of the community also donated desserts and lavash bread.

Rev. Fr. Der Vazken Bekiarian from the Holy Cross Armenian Church (Prelacy) and Rev. Fr. Der Hratch Sargsyan from St. Gregory of Narek (Diocese) both offered their prayers for the Syrian-Armenians, and also spoke briefly regarding the situation.

The organizers thanked the Armenian community of Cleveland for their generosity, and all of the individuals who volunteered and donated to the event. May our Lord bless what we collected in this event and may it be of good help to many Armenian families in crisis, saving our Armenian schools, churches, and organizations in Syria during this very difficult time.

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