Dressed to impress, the Armenian community of Dallas-Fort Worth arrived at the historic Belo Mansion on Saturday February 1, 2020 to celebrate the past, present and future of our St. Sarkis Armenian Church. Parishioners and friends, youth and elders, danced and dined in unified support of our new St. Sarkis Armenian Community Complex, currently under construction thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Elie and Ella Akilian.
The evening began with a heart-felt introduction of Elie and Ella Akilian by their devoted friend Sam Simonian. Elie Akilian described how the new Armenian Community Complex pays tribute to the past, taking design elements from St. Hripsime Church in Armenia, while providing modern amenities for future generations. In honoring our past, the Christian themed artwork on the façade of the church uses 1.5 million pixels, one for each of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
Father Ghevond Ajamian used the appropriate analogy of building a strong foundation to introduce the Godfathers’ program, explaining the Godfathers’ spiritual and financial commitments, acting as guardians of our church and heritage.
The banquet was generously sponsored by Sam and Sylva Simonian, to ensure all donations from the banquet would be used to establish an endowment fund to support future operations and growth of our new church.
Our gratitude goes to the Building Committee and Revival Banquet volunteers for building a solid foundation for St. Sarkis Church’sgrowth in Christ, community and culture.
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