September 18, 2012 - 10:11 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian Assembly of America has announced that it will present its Distinguished Humanitarian Award to three accomplished individuals, Elizabeth Agbabian, Flora Dunaians and Savey Tufenkian for their compassion, generosity and dedicated service to the Armenian people at the Assembly's 40th Anniversary Gala being held in downtown Los Angeles on September 22.
All three have been elected to multiple terms of office on the Board of the Armenian Assembly, and have served with distinction.
Elizabeth, along with her husband Mihran, has been at the forefront of promoting the advancement of education in Armenia, helping to establish the American University of Armenia. Among her many other endeavors, Elizabeth spearheaded the AMAA Orphan Child Care Program on the West Coast after the 1988 earthquake, which continues to help children in Armenia and Artsakh.
As a tireless advocate for democracy and rule of law in Armenia, Flora through the Developmental Services for Armenia, which she founded with her husband George, helps improve the health and education of children in Armenia.
Savey, along with her husband Ralph, has been a pillar of the Assembly's internship program with an endowed scholarship in memory of their beloved son, Richard. Through her involvement with organizations such as the Armenian Education Foundation, Savey continues to elevate educational standards both in Armenia and the United States.
All three women have played a critically important role in the development of the Assembly's Western Region. In addition, in 1997, 2001, and 2003 Elizabeth, Flora and Savey served as co-chairs of the Assembly's National Tribute Galas, which were a resounding success thanks to their leadership.
"Elizabeth, Flora and Savey are extraordinary individuals," stated Assembly Chairman Hirair Hovnanian. "As Armenians we can all take pride in their many achievements. Together and individually, they have given so much of their time, talent and treasure to the community. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Armenian people," Hovnanian continued.