In keeping with the wishes of the benefactors, this sum will be equally allotted to two purposes: the renovation expenses of the ARS “Soseh” Kindergarten in Stepanakert, Artsakh, and the expenses incurred by the current activities of the ARS International Office, including the exhibit of Armenian textiles held at the United Nations in New York City as part of the ARS’ Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration. Upon this historic occasion, benefactor and Chairperson of the ARS Central Executive Board, Mrs. Vicky Marachelian stated the following:
“The role played by the centenarian Armenian Relief Society over the past momentous decades of Armenian history is well known by everyone. Today, as in previous years, the Society continues its humanitarian and compatriotic activities in Armenian reality worldwide. In view of the basic educational endeavors of the ARS “Soseh” Kindergartens, providing young generations with essential knowledge of their ethnic culture, we are aware of the necessity of both moral and financial assistance to sustain their sacred mission. Confronted by this reality, this sum will be used for the basic needs of this, and similar, ARS programs.”
As a sign of gratitude for this substantial donation of the benefactor couple, the ARS Central Executive Board has decided to officially name and dedicate its Boston Central Office board room after “Mr. and Mrs. Harout and Vicky Marachelian”.
Needless to say, the world-wide humanitarian projects and programs of the 105-year-old Armenian Relief Society would not have been possible to implement without the supportive generosity of its benefactors and countless supporters.