The New York Mayr and Erepouni chapters of the Armenian Relief Society went on their annual Walk Armenia fundraiser on April 14. The walk, usually in Queens or Long Island, switched to Manhattan this year. The annual event raises funds for ARS activities. This year the beneficiary was Camp Haiastan in Franklin, Massachusetts.
The participants gathered at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral where they registered. The procession, led by Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, walked to the Prelacy on East 39th Street where they were warmly welcomed by the Prelate Archbishop Oshagan, and the Vicar, Bishop Anoushavan. The participants were grateful for the kind words and support of the clergymen.
The group then walked to the Armenian Mission to the United Nations on 36th Street and from there they returned to St. Illuminator’s for a pizza lunch. Participants agreed this was the most successful walk yet. Not only did they enjoy each others’ company, and the beautiful spring weather, but they were also able to visit three Armenian sites within a one mile radius.
The organizers wish to thank St. Illuminator Cathedral’s Board of Trustees and Father Lakissian for welcoming and hosting the event.