September 17, 2013 - 10:44 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) will be honoring longtime Hai Tahd (Armenian Cause) activist Zohrab Tazian at the 7th Annual ANCA Eastern Region Banquet on Saturday, Oct 12, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia.
“I’m humbled to receive the Vahan Cardashian Award at this year’s ANCA-ER banquet. It’s an honor to be recognized,” stated Tazian upon learning he will be presented with the award.
The Vahan Cardashian Award is given annually to an ANCA supporter who demonstrates longstanding dedication and active involvement in the Armenian-American community and its issues. The award is named for Yale-educated lawyer Vahan Cardashian, who set aside his successful New York practice to dedicate himself to the establishment of the Armenian Committee for the Independence of Armenia (ACIA), predecessor organization to the Armenian National Committee, and to advocate for the plight of the Armenian nation.
“We’re honored to present Zohrab Tazian the Cardashian Award for his longstanding track record of fighting for the Armenian people on all issues related to Hai Tahd,” said ANCA Eastern Region Board chairperson Nora Kzirian.
Born in 1931 in Armenian village Kheder Beg (now Turkey), Tazian and his family were forced from their homeland and relocated to a refugee camp in Lebanon during World War II.
In 1957, Tazian came to the U.S. to attend Indiana Technical College to pursue an engineering degree. He went on to start a successful civil engineering and land surveying business, Z.K. Tazian Associates, Inc. Tazian has designed the All Saints Armenian Church in Glenview, Illinois, St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in Granite City, Illinois, and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Tazian has been very active in politics for more than 40 years and has used his political connections to promote Armenian causes. He served on Vice President Dan Quayle’s finance committee during his first run for Congress in 1976. In 1984, he was an Indiana delegate to the Republican National Convention in Dallas, where he introduced his friend Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian to politics by offering him his seat at the convention for a session.
He also served as finance committee chairperson for Indiana Congressman Mark Souder during all of his 16 years in Congress.