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celebrated the 140th birthday of ABU org . tion from Calust Gulbenkian Milano
BU's Milan Chapter celebrated the 140th birthday of AGBU's secondpresident, Calouste Gulbenkian, on March 19, 2010, at the Armenian House ofMilan. The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia, Bedros Kuchukian,attended the event. The evening began with the anthems of the Republic of Armenia and of AGBU,as well as a prayer by Father Aren, the parish's spiritual leader.Chapter chairwoman Gueguel Khatchadourian followed with a speech, in bothArmenian and Italian, about the admirable work former president Gulbenkiana chieved throughout his career. Gulbenkian, an oil businessman and generous patron of the arts, lead AGBU toinvest substantially in the Armenian neighborhoods of Syria and Lebanonduring his leadership from 1930-1932, as well as planning and organizingfinancial support to resettle Armenian refugees in both countries. Heendowed a philanthropic foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, inLisbon, Portugal, which hosts a museum and supports art, science, educationand charity projects in Portugal and abroad.Gulbenkian's foundation also provides technical and financial support to the Armenian Diaspora. After the speech, Chapter members and other guests enjoyed a performance bythe Geigenbaum Quartet of the folk songs of Komitas, which were arranged byS. Aslamazian. One of the musicians, Hrachya Galstian, has been an AGBUs cholarship recipient. The second part of the evening was devoted to Father's Day. The Chaptersecretary, Vera Asdourian, spoke about the origins of the holiday and itsimportance in Italy. Tamar Mousayelian recited two poems by HovhannesShiraz. And a newly formed Armenian dance group performed two dances for theattendees. This was the debut performance by the group, which was createdseveral months earlier by former AGBU student and dancer Araks Antanesian.
Antanesian is now a member of the Milan Chapter's new executive committee. Following the speeches and performances, Dikran Alexanian, the seniorchairman of AGBU Milan, was invited to cut a celebratory cake. The eveningcontinued with a lavish reception for all attendees to mix and mingle. Established in 1906, AGBU ( is the world's largest non-profitArmenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves andpromotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, culturaland humanitarian program, annually touching the lives of some 400,000Armenians around the world. For more information about AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit

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Gueguel Khachaturian