11 July 2021
On the evening of Thursday, July 8, 2021, under the auspices of H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Prelate, the Executive Council organized a special dinner in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Garo and Sosse Eshgian, in recognition of his many years of service to the Western Prelacy, our churches and schools, as well as his philanthropic contributions to the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia, Armenia and the prelacy.
On behalf of the Executive Council, Mr. Vahe Hovaguimian, Chairman of the Executive Council, highlighted the couple’s contributions not only to the activities of the Western Prelacy, but also to the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia, the Church, the Armenian School, the Armenian Cause, Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.
Remarks were then delivered by H.E. Dr. Armen Baibourtian, Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles, who praised the support of the honorees which they have shown towards Armenia.
The Prelate praised the couple’s spirit of servitude, and mentioned that the Western Prelacy honors all those who have made a contribution to the life of our community, as well as shown their unwavering support for the Armenian nation and the Diaspora. Then he said “Together with the joint decision of the Executive and Religious Councils, we are gathered here today to pay homage to the Esghian couple, and remind them that we appreciate you for all the services you have rendered to our homeland, Church and community.
The evening reached its zenith with the awarding of the order of the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia, the “Prince of Cilicia” medal.
Over the past decades, Mr. Garo Eshgian has contributed his unwavering service to the prosperity of the life of the Armenians of Los Angeles. He has been Executive Council member, Chairman, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Glendale, also its Chairman and a National Representative. He has sponsored the renovation at the Catholicosate's Cilicia Museum in Antelias and has to the activities of the church.
In his remarks Mr. Eshgian expressed his thanks to His Holiness, the Prelate and the Executive Council, and re-affirmed his commitment to continue his active participation in the life of our church and community as well as his financial contribution to their projects.