Fenway Park Setting for Armenian Heritage Park Bash

BOSTON, Mass.—For decades, Fenway Park has served as the charismatic home of the Boston Red Sox and many a hallowed climax, especially over recent times.

Soon it will host a benefit party for the Armenian Heritage Park Endowment.

Veteran sports announcer Bob Lobel, at the invitation of Precision Fitness Equipment’s David Aykanian, will headline a star-studded evening on Thurs., Nov. 17, when organizers lay out the red carpet for what will prove to be a crowning fundraiser for the Armenian Heritage Park presently under construction on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston.

Lobel will be available for informal sports talk, most likely commenting on his intake on the Red Sox demise during September and the New England Patriots’ quest toward a Super Bowl. A tour of Fenway Park will also take place for higher-end party supporters. A brief program will extend gratitude to former Transportation Secretary Jeff Mullan for his leadership. An open bar, hors d’oeuvres and music by the John Baboian Quintet will enhance the evening.

For reservations and other details, visit www.ArmenianHeritagePark.org or call Charles Guleserian at (617) 484-6100.

The Heritage Park is currently in the final phases of construction and commemorates the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23, and all genocides, and celebrates the immigrant experience and contributions made to American life and culture.

It is scheduled for completion next spring, culminating a $6.2 million endeavor that began in 2006 to design and construct the park and to endow public programs, including the Oct. 20 Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall, annual reconfiguration of the sculpture, and the park’s ongoing care and maintenance. Ground-breaking took place last September.

According to benefit chairman George Elanjian, “we are all focused on raising the final $500,000 by the end of the year to meet the endowment goal.”

“The generous support of 15 church communities has greatly enhanced our efforts in the true spirit of unity and collaboration,” said Elanjian. “Over 30 organizations initially stepped forward to see this park reach its fruition. It’s a testament to their generosity and adherence. The entire Armenian American community is stepping forward.”


Tom Vartabedian

Tom Vartabedian is a retired journalist with the Haverhill Gazette, where he spent 40 years as an award-winning writer and photographer. He has volunteered his services for the past 46 years as a columnist and correspondent with the Armenian Weekly, where his pet project was the publication of a special issue of the AYF Olympics each September.

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