Community Leaders Honored at ANCA-Burbank Annual Banquet

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L/R Dr Armond Aghakhanian, Berdj Karapetian, Scott LaChasse,Ani Berberian. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
L/R Dr Armond Aghakhanian, Berdj Karapetian, Scott LaChasse,Ani Berberian. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA-B) celebrated its seventh Annual Banquet on Friday May 9th 2014. Over 350 members of our community’s most distinguished leaders, businessmen and activists attended the event.

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Ani Berberian
Ani Berberian

“We were excited to see so many community leaders present at our event,” said Liliane Aredjian, the co-chair of the banquet organizing committee. “The Armenian-American community of Burbank is glad to have had a chance to recognize the contributions of the honorees.”

In attendance were Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Vice-Mayor Bob Frutos, Council members Emily Gabel-Luddy, Jess Talamantes, and Gary Bric.  Also present were City Manager Mark Scott,  School Board members Dr. Roberta Reynolds and Larry Applebaum, and Superintendent Dr. Jan Britz.

“The breadth of representation by our political and civic leaders attests to the positive impact ANCA has had in the community,” said Zareh Khachatourian, Acting Director of ANCA-B.

Chief Scot LaChasse
Chief Scot LaChasse

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse was recognized with the “William Saroyan” award for bridging the gap between the Armenian American community and the law.

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Honored with the “Vahan Cardashian” award was Mr. Berdj Karapetian, founder of the ANCA’s Washington advocacy office and a veteran activist of more than 30 years.

The Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD) was the recipient of the “Levon Shant” award for political activism. The award was accepted by Dr. Armond Aghakhanian.

The “Mesrob Mashdots” award was given to Ms. Ani Berberian, who has served as a community leader in several organizations and been a dedicated teacher for over four decades.

Berdj Karapetian
Berdj Karapetian
Dr. Armond Aghakhanian
Dr. Armond Aghakhanian
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