Armenian Relief Society

Armenian Relief Society of Western USA's Tallar Yahyayan, right, hands gifts to two local children during their annual Gift Giving Event at the company's headquarters in Glendale on December 19, 2012. Two thousand bags were expected to be given away to local children, regardless of need.The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA in Glendale, founded in 1984, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with three days of events, starting on Friday, May 2, 2014. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / December 19, 2012)

The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA in Glendale is celebrating its 30th anniversary with three days of events, starting on Friday.

Founded in 1984, the organization provides assistance to needy individuals and communities. In addition to offering local social-service programs, the group has played a large role in fundraising efforts for Armenians affected by the civil war in Syria.

The celebration is set to kick off with a gala at 7 p.m. at the Taglyan Cultural Center, 1201 Vine St. in Los Angeles. The event will highlight the organization's decades of service as well as honor several individuals key to the nonprofit. The Glendale Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Michael Avedissian, is set to perform. Tickets are $125 per person.

On Saturday, the nonprofit is scheduled to host a free seminar covering topics such as Armenian Genocide education in the public school system, repatriation and personal stories of survival. The seminar will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glendale Hilton, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd.

Lastly, the society will host a beach-side lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Sky Room, 40 S. Locust Ave. in Long Beach. The lunch costs $75 per person.

To reserve space or learn more, contact (818) 500-1343 or www.office@arswestusa.org.

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