Present at the event were ARS Central Executive Board (CEB) Chairperson Caroline Chamavonian, CEB member Silva Kouyoumdjian, ARS Eastern USA Regional Board Members and its executive director, ARS members representing several chapters, and over 275 guests.
After a lavish cocktail hour, guests were ushered into the main dining hall where they eagerly waited for the program to begin.
Sonia Bezdikian, ARS Eastern USA Board member and Mistress of Ceremonies, welcomed the guests and thanked the ARS members and attendees for their attendance at this event. She reminded that audience that the ARS has served the Armenian nation well for 106 years and will continue to do so for centuries to come.
ARS of Eastern USA Chairperson Talin Daghlian welcomed all of the guests and asked everyone to stand in a moment of silence for all those lost in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR) and Syria. Daghlian then expressed her appreciation to the Fashion Show Committee members who worked with dedication in order to ensure that the evening’s event would be a success.
The fashion show began with the presentation of Kevork Shadoyan’s exclusive collection dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial called, “Reincarnation.” The costumes of the cities of historic Armenia such as Van, Sassoun, Zeytoun, and many more were exhibited. Armenian children wearing traditional Armenian costumes walked down the runway with pride as the onlookers applauded vigorously. The adult costumes were also shown, of which some were bold in colors, had stripes, belts, and striking head pieces. A very outstanding finale to this collection took place and everyone was excited about the display.
Kevork Shadoyan’s 2016-17 evening gowns from his Spring/Summer collection were then shown and the audience appeared to be in awe of the creativity, fabrics, beading, and designs that these gowns revealed. The gowns were one of a kind and many guests commented on how beautiful they were. Kevork Shadoyan appeared during the finale and the audience was ecstatic to meet him as noted by the thunderous applause.
Dinner was then served as guests enjoyed each other’s company. The evening included several flute interludes by Meghri Tutunjian. It was a very enjoyable evening for all and the ARS Eastern USA board gratefully acknowledges the support it received from all those who worked hard to make this a successful event and to all those who attended or supported this event through their donations.
The ARS Eastern USA Board of Regional Directors thanks its chapters and supporters for their generous donations.
Ms. Anna Baghdassarian
Mr. Zohrab Tazian
Armenian traditional costume donors
Alex and Ani Jewelry Chain
ARS of Canada Region
A&R, LLC The Nalbandian, Shahinian & Simonian Families
Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Diana Mkhitarian
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Linda Tarzian, and sons Christopher and Matthew
Mr. and Mrs. Sevag and Knar Vartanian
ARS Shushi Chapter, MA
ARS Mayr Chapter, NY
ARS Agnouni, Bergen County, Shakeh, and Spitak Chapters, NJ
Mr. and Mrs. Karnig and Alice Alajajian
Mrs. Margaret Babikian Medina
ART AUTO BODY INC.
Mrs. Shakeh Basmajian in memory of George Basmajian
Dr. Garbis Baydar
Ms. Virginia L Davies
Dr. Raffy and Mrs. Vicki Shoghag Hovanessian
Mr. and Mrs. Hagop and Ica Kouyoumdjian
Mr. and Mrs. Vahe and Shake Nahapetian
Mr. and Mrs. Jack, Cynthia, James and Jesse Nakashian in memory of Zabel Nakashian
Mrs. Arpy Seferian
ARS Erebouni Chapter, NY
ARS Zabelle Chapter, IL
ARS Leola Sassouni Chapter, MA
ARS Lowell Lousintak Chapter, MA
ARS Artemis Chapter, PA
ARS Ani Chapter, PA
Ms. Sossie Aria
Mrs. Suzanne Azarian
Mr. and Mrs. David and Ani Attar
Mr. Mher Azezian
Mr. and Mrs. Hrair and Silva Baronian
Mr. and Mrs. Ohannes and Sonia Bezdikian
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and MaryAnne Bonjouklian
Mr. and Mrs. Ohanes and Caroline Chamavonian
Mr. and Mrs. Zohrab and Talin Daghlian
Ms. Aline Kassabian
Mr. and Mrs. Garo and Shakeh Ketsemanian
Mr. and Mrs. Hovig and Sona Koushakjian
Mr. Kevork Koushagjian
Mr. and Mrs. Mgrdich and Angele Manoogian
Dr. and Mrs. Ara and Ani Meradian
Ms. Alice Movsesian
Mr. and Mrs. Avedis and Bea Movsesian
Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis and Mary Ohanessian
Mr. and Mrs. Hovig and Silva Sagherian
V & S Cleaners, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Vahig and Karine Shnorohkian
The Tufenkian Foundation, Inc.
Ms. Sandra Melik Vartanian
Mrs. Joyce Yeremian
Ms. Silva Zadourian
ARS Sosseh, FL
ARS Havadk, Hartford CT
ARS Racine Soseh, WI
ARS Reubena Chapter, IL
ARS Tsolig, MI
A.K. Chirpractic Health Center
Franklin Lakes Service LLC
Dr. Peter Benanti
Ms. Edna Eskandarian
Ms. Rose Jolakian
Ms. Madeleine Kazandjian
Mr. and Mrs. Krikor and Taline Karakoulian
Dr. and Mrs. Vahan and Maggie Kouyoumdjian
Mr. Michael G. Mensoian
Ms. Nelly Minassian
Ms. Helen Misk
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Angela Nakashian
Mr. and Mrs. Khoren and Seta Nalbandian
Old Tappan Financial and Insurance LLC
Mr. Arshag Tarpinain
Ms. Melissa Simonian
Mrs. Nayda Voskerijian
ARS Ani, RI
ARS Arax, MA
ARS Artsakh, OH
ARS Maro Chapter, MI
ARS Shakeh, MI
ARS Sybille, MI