FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2010
RE: Philadelphia Armenian Nor Daree (PAND) $240,000.00 Distribution
Location: St. Gregory’s The Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church
In accord with PAND’s mission to foster cultural and social unity and provide financial assistance to Philadelphia’s Armenian churches, PAND held a reception to distribute Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000) to each of the following churches:
- Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Cheltenham, PA
- St. Sahags & St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, Wynnewood, PA
- St. Gregory The Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church, Philadelphia, PA
- Armenian Martyr’s Congregational Church, Springfield, PA
- St. Marks Armenian Catholic Church, Wynnewood, PA
These latest donations brings PAND’s financial assistance, to the five Armenian churches of Philadelphia, since inception, to nearly Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000). In addition, PAND has contributed forty thousand dollars ($40,000) to the Armenian Sisters Academy, Radnor, PA, for scholarship and/or financial aid services, in recognition of the vital role it has and continues to play in our community.
The check presentation reception was held at the newly constructed and well appointed “Founders Hall” at St. Gregory The Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church. Lasting approximately two hours in length, with over fifty representatives from the various boards of trustees and clergy in attendance, the reception was an overwhelming success. After a brief opening statement from PAND’s president, each church, along with their particular PAND committee representative(s), was asked to come up to take a picture and receive their donation. The check presentation was followed by a Q&A session that was informative, insightful, and dare we say “unifying.” One by one, representatives stood up to tell their story about PAND and the good works it has done and continues to do for Philadelphia’s Armenian community; before anyone had realized, our time together had come to an end. Particularly striking was how a simple message like “unity” still resonated with so many of the representatives present, and appeared to have reconnected them with PAND and its endeavors; as if new life had been breathed into a forgotten ideal. With God’s willingness and a renewed enthusiasm for “unity,” the last chapter of PAND’s unique success story, among Armenian communities, won’t be written for decades to come.
Once again, PAND will be holding a two night New Year’s Eve affair, proceeds of which shall benefit Philadelphia’s Armenian churches.
The PAND Committee