KURTAN, ARMENIA — On June 30, 2014, the Kurtan village Medical Center re-opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony following a complete renovation of the facility. The renovation was funded through a Paros 100 for 100 Project for Prosperity with funds raised by the Bay Area Paros Committee during their November 2013 Wine Tasting event.

Thanks to the generosity of Rick and Wendy Moradian, who donated all the exceptional wines for this event, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the beautiful San Francisco home of Drs. Donald and Martha Missirlian to sample wines paired with delicious food. Paros Committee members Valina Agbabian, Susanna Cogswell, Rita Kablanian, Martha Missirlian, Wendi Moradian and Julie Strauch prepared the cuisine and created a delightful atmosphere in which guests both enjoyed themselves and learned more about the Paros Foundation’s projects including the Kurtan project.

“It was so very satisfying to witness firsthand the completion of this project,” said Martha Missirlian, who was present in June at the opening. “I am confident all the donors who contributed so generously at our event will take pride in knowing that the Medical Center was renovated both quickly and to a high quality.”

Tigran Badoyan, the Deputy Governor of the Lori Region, attended the ribbon cutting and offered both his appreciation to the Paros Foundation and his ongoing support for future projects in both Kurtan and the Lori Region. Mher Gevorgyan, the Mayor of Kurtan, also expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Medical Center staff and the residents of the village.

The renovation of the Medical Center consisted of installing a new roof, new doors and windows, new flooring, new electrical, a new bathroom and repairs to the walls and ceiling.

“The completion of this project represents a successful partnership between the Diaspora and the village of Kurtan,” said Peter Abajian, Executive Director of the Paros Foundation. “The village of Kurtan offered both funding and labor, joining with the Bay Area Armenian community to address the reconstruction of the Medical Center.”

This project, as with all Paros 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity, was implemented without any administrative fees. The Paros Foundation underwrites all administrative costs allowing 100% of donor contributions to be applied to the intended project.

Following the opening of the medical center, the Paros Foundation’s SERVICE Armenia 2014 participants, who also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, proceeded to the village school to distribute shoes, dental supplies and soccer balls as part of three other Paros 100 projects.

For more information about the Paros Foundation’s 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity, or to sponsor a project, please visit www.paros-foundation.org. The Paros Foundation underwrites all administrative expenses allowing all sponsor contributions to be allocated 100% to the project. Donations to The Paros Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Photo Caption: Bay Area Paros Committee Members along with Kurtan Medical Center Director at the ribbon cutting ceremony.   (Pictured Left to right,) Laura Conrow, Martha Missirlian, Julie Kulhanjian, Dr. Julieta Bruyuan, Rita Kablanian

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