LOS ANGELES — The Organization for Developmental Services for Armenia (DSA) will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at a Gala Fundraising Dinner to be held on August 14, 2011 at The Geragos Hall, 2215 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Movses Gorgisyan School Renovation Project in Yerevan, Armenia.
George Dunaians, Co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, reports that DSA is proud and honored to commits its resources for the Movses Gorgisyan School Renovation Project in memory of Movses Gorgisyan, the recipient of the highest title in Armenia, the National Hero of Armenia Award. In 1990, upon his death, School #158 was renamed Movses Gorgisyan after the most famous alumni and freedom fighter. Movses Gorgisyan (1961-1990) led national demonstrations in Yerevan which led to him being jailed in 1988. He was the first to carry the Tri Color Flag during demonstrations for Karabagh and to quote Mrs Aravik Gulumyan, Principal of the Movses Gorgisyan School, it would be true to state “Independence began at this school.” Had he lived, this year would have been his 50th birthday. The School is very proud of its namesake and is planning a grand celebration on December 3rd.
“It is only fitting,” stated George Dunaians, “that we celebrate our 15th Anniversary by recognizing one of the poorest and most needy schools and, at the same time, celebrate the life of a national hero.” At the Movses Gorgisyan School, DSA has renovated and furnished the computer room with new technology and recently completed the renovation of the social hall and cafeteria. Donations received from the Gala Fundraising Dinner will be in honor of Movses Gorgisyan and directed toward the completion of the chemistry and mathematics classrooms, 200 chairs for the Assembly Hall and the asphalting of the playground area.
Although the DSA Board of Directors are looking forward to their 15th Anniversary, they can look back with pride on their successful efforts for the past 15 years in improving schools, establishing computer classrooms, renovating Sports Halls (gyms), creating new heating systems and roofs, with only one goal in mind
“Helping to make a difference in the lives of the children in Armenia.”
The festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a Reception and Silent Auction, followed by Dinner. Donation: $125.00. Valet parking will be provided. DSA is a non-profit NGO registered in Armenia. For reservations and further information call Flora Dunaians (626) 445-4749; Hermine Janoyan (818) 342-4600; Elizaabeth Agbabian (310) 476-5306; or Savey Tufenkian (818) 956-8455.

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