On 21 June 2107 The Fundraising Committee of the Diocese of the Armenian Church held a dinner to thank our major sponsors and pledgees for their support of the new Diocesan Centre Project. The event was held at The Park Hyatt Sydney and it was a memorable evening.

All who attended were interested to hear presentations made by His Grace Bishop Najarian, Chairman of the Diocese Sarkis Der Bedrossian, Church Councillor Sarkis Mouradian and the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, John Marcarian, member of the Fundraising Committee.

Miss Isabelle Marcarian also performed a magnificent song for the guests. Isabelle’s performance was the highlight of the evening. She was accompanied by noted concert pianist Mr Alex Parkmen.

John Marcarian’s moving recollection of meeting Mother Teresa of Calcutta, caused all who attended to pause and to think about the gift of giving. John recounted his meeting with Mother Teresa and her message to faithful Christians – that we must “give until it hurts”.

John’s presentation also showed guests a number of worldwide Diocesan Centres and he touched on the themes of fellowship and the important role that this new Diocesan Centre Building will play in strengthening our vibrant community in Australia.

His Grace’s message, delivered in his characteristic forthright manner stressed the significance of the building as a new home for our Armenian community. His Grace’s call for continual renewal and effort to build on the foundation of the last 60 years was very well received.

Sarkis Mouradian in his presentation showed a number of photos of the development and it was plain to see that great progress has been made since commencement. This is a tribute to all those on the building team.

Such was the success of the night that new additional pledges were made to the project.

The Fundraising Committee members Kevork Tchaprazian, John Marcarian, Anto Gulumian, Tadeh Karamian and Arsho Kalloghlian are also to be highly commended for their efforts to date in this important work.

The cost of the event was kindly sponsored by a Benefactor to the project and no Diocese funds were used on the night.