As part of our pilgrimage, our pilgrims joined our staff, their families, and those families of our girls that were available to attend. We were honored to have the Honorable John Heffern, then Ambassador from the United States to Armenia, join our celebration. His Eminence Bishop Moushegh Babayan, Director of Administration and Operations of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, and friend of Mer Hooys, attended on behalf of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians. Guests from London, England, the United States, and from philanthropic organizations who support Mer Hooys in Armenia also joined the celebration.
|Ambassador Heffern with two of our girls.|
|Sharing the jewelry made from the beads|
|Bishop Moushegh, with Executive Director Mihran and Father Ash|
|Our girls participated in entertainment, including Armenian folk dance|
|Our girls with board members and esteemed visitors|
For me, this was a wonderful heartwarming evening - to see our girls who have matured and grown into young women with hope for a brighter future engage socially with the guests, and really enjoy themselves, brought me to tears. Even when the electricity went off, the girls used sparklers to keep the party going.
The highlight was when one of our girls presented me with a painting that she had made from a picture of my yellow labrador, Lexi. That meant so much to me - thank you Ani!!
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