On February 28th, St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area held a Fundraising Ball to support the building of their future church and community center. The event titled “Growing Our Unified Vision” was held at the Westin Hotel in Frisco, Texas with nearly 300 guests of all ages in attendance. The benefactors enjoyed a sit down dinner, dance and song performances from the youth of the community and singing entertainment by Robert Chilingirian. An auction was held with items kindly donated by Michael Aram and various members of the church. Congratulations to Raffi Ohanian for he was the recipient of 2015 St. Sarkis Steward of the Year Award for his exemplary service and devotion to St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church.
The DFW Armenian community is very fortunate to have the opportunity to build a new church thanks to a very generous parishioner, Elie Akilian. Mr. Akilian has donated the land and will be donating most of the funds to build a new church that is modeled after St. Hripsime Monastery in Armenia. There will also be a community center consisting of an event hall, classrooms and a commercial kitchen to support the church’s long running cultural festival, ArmeniaFest. The buildings will be completely green as well as the grounds will be zeroscaped to reduce costs. The community is contributing a portion of the funds to build the new facilities and is very excited to build this long awaited church which will be the Crown Jewel of Armenian Churches in America. With God's blessing and the generosity of the parishioners, nearly $780,0000 was raised towards the $1,000,000 goal.
by Nina Smith