Armenian Assembly Announces Gala “Celebrating the Future” to Honor Forty Years of Intern Alumni

Featuring Keynote Speakers Katherine Sarafian and Michael Agbabian

D.C. –  
Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) is pleased to announce a joyous evening
“Celebrating the Future” at a special gala in Newport Beach,
California on Saturday, March 4, 2017 that will honor our Terjenian-Thomas
Assembly Internship Program alumni over the past forty years. This event will
take place at the Newport Beach Country Club, beginning at 5:30 PM, and will
include cocktails, dinner, speakers, and music.

Special keynote speakers are former Terjenian-Thomas
Assembly Intern alumni Katherine Sarafian (Assembly intern class of 1991) and
Michael Agbabian (Assembly intern class of 1990). Sarafian is currently the
Producer and Vice President of Production at Pixar Animation Studios. Agbabian
is an award winning TV producer, as well as Executive Producer of NBC’s
Hollywood Game Night hosted by Jane Lynch. Plan to attend the “Celebrating
the Future” Gala and hear about how their experience with the Assembly
Intern Program shaped their life goals.

This upcoming summer will mark the 40th anniversary
year of the Assembly’s internship program for Armenian young adults in
Washington, D.C. Founded in 1977, the Armenian Assembly Summer Internship
Program was the first internship program offered by an Armenian organization in
America. For eight weeks each summer, the program gives college students of
Armenian descent an opportunity to gain exposure to the policy-making process
in our nation’s capital. Over 1,000 students have completed internships through
the Assembly.

From its earliest phases and over the past four
decades, the Assembly Summer Internship Program has been celebrated and
strongly supported by the Armenian community with major gifts from the Richard
Tufenkian Memorial Fund, the John Hanessian Scholarship Fund, the Armen
Astarjian Scholarship Fund, the Ohanian Memorial Fund, Ann Hintlian, Ann
Nahigian, James and Connie Melikian, the Knights of Vartan, the Estate of Haig
J. Boyadjian, and the Estate of George Judge Karabedian (George Kay), as well
as generous contributions in memory of former Assembly Board Members Dr. Lionel
Galstaun, Peter Kezirian, and John O’Connor. In 2003, the Armenian Assembly’s
Summer Internship Program was renamed in honor of Aram and Florence Terjenian
and Annie Thomas after the announcement of their pace-setting $1 million
donation to the program.

The “Celebrating the Future” Gala is
co-chaired by Sosy Hachigian (Assembly intern class of 1991) and Diane Barsam
(Assembly intern class of 1981). Tickets are $200 per person. RSVP and payment
are due by February 24, 2017. Contact Assembly Western Region Manager Aline
Maksoudian at (626) 577-0025 or email her at to make your
reservation or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the evening.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of
America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting
public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a
non-partisan, 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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