Armenian Relief Society to Commemorate Centennial with Events in March

The Armenian Relief Society (ARS), Inc. in cooperation with the ARS Eastern USA are planning a series of events from March 5-7 to commemorate the Armenian Genocide Centennial in the New York/New Jersey area. On Thursday, March 5, from 6-8 p.m., the ARS, along with the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations (U.N.), will be hosting a reception at the U.N. to mark the opening of “Stitching to Survive: Handwork of Armenian Women,” an exhibit on Armenian textiles. The exhibit will be open to the public from March 2-13; those wishing to attend the reception are required to secure a pass to enter the U.N. building by contacting the ARS Central Office at ceb@ars1910.org or the ARS Eastern Region Office at arseastus@gmail.com , the latest by March 3, 2015.On Friday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ARS has organized a full-day conference to take place at the Salvation Army Auditorium titled, “Rebuilding a Nation: The Armenian Woman’s Century of Resistance and Empowerment.” Speakers include Dr. Eleni Theocharous, a member of the European Parliament and head of the “EU-Armenia Friendship Group”; Dr. Isabelle Kaprielian-Churchill, Emerita, professor of Armenian and immigration history at California State University, Fresno; and Bared Maronian, the executive director of Armenoid Productions. Admission is free and includes lunch; registration is required by e-mailing the ARS Central Office at ceb@ars1910.org or the ARS Eastern Region Office at arseastus@gmail.com . The Salvation Army Auditorium is located at 221 East 52nd St. in New York.

The final event will take place on Saturday, March 7, from 7-10 p.m. at Waterside Restaurant, 7800 River Rd. in North Bergen, N.J. Under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Eastern) and the ARS, Inc., the Cultural Evening will feature award-winning singer/songwriter Hooshere; renowned artist Kevork Mourad, accompanied by cellist Eddie Boghossian; and a recitation by Zivart Balikjian. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1238955.

For more information, including hotel information and activities contact the ARS Central office; e-mail ceb@ars1910.org, Tel: 617-926-5892.