GLENDALE – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) announced that the organization’s 2019 Annual Gala Banquet has been set for Sunday, October 20th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The vibrant group of dedicated volunteers making up the 2019 ANCA-WR Gala Committee will be chaired by longtime ANCA activist and Gala Committee member Marie Filipian.
“The ANCA-Western Region Board of Directors is very gratified that an experienced Committee member like Marie has agreed to chair our marquee event this year. We are confident that under her leadership and with a dedicated team of talented and committed Gala Committee members, we will once again have an exceptionally successful evening showcasing the accomplishments of the ANCA –WR, recognizing distinguished honorees. and thanking our supporters and volunteers who share the commitment of the ANCA in promoting the Armenian Cause,” stated Lina Davidian, Esq., ANCA-WR Board Member and liaison to the Gala Committee.
Professionally, Filipian currently serves as the Community Health Manager of Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital where she’s responsible for managing the community health improvement programs and manages the community benefit reporting. She also serves as the hospital’s ambassador and primary liaison with various community organizations and city officials. Through her efforts, Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital has been a proud supporter of the Gala for many years. “I am truly humbled to serve as the chair of this year’s Gala. It’s an honor to work with such a strong team of dedicated volunteers and to have the opportunity to showcase the accomplishments and vision of the ANCA WR. I am grateful that ANCA keeps our proud heritage and legacy alive for ourselves and for our children,” remarked Marie Filipian.
Filipian has been involved in numerous community organizations in addition to the ANCA for many years having served as a part of the Armenian American Medical Society, Glendale Parks and Open Space Foundation, City of Glendale Senior Services Committee, Glendale Police Foundation, Glendale Fire Foundation, and Homenetmen USA Western Region. She also currently serves on the St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church Board of Trustees and has been a member of the ANCA-WR Gala Committee since 2015. Filipian earned her Bachelor of Science in Child Development from California State University, Northridge.
The 2019 ANCA-WR Gala is the premier event for the ANCA-WR and the Armenian-American community, where supporters, community leaders, public officials, and coalition partners come together to acknowledge and encourage the work of the organization and to pay homage to honorees whose contribution to the Armenian Cause is recognized each year. As the largest event of its kind each year, the ANCA-WR Annual Gala serves as a catalyst to unify the community around the Armenian Cause in all its facets and to highlight the many accomplishments of the most effective and well-organized grassroots advocacy organization in the Armenian Diaspora.
Last year’s Gala attracted over 1,000 attendees as it honored a variety of individuals who have served their community and their country. Past honorees have included Baroness Caroline Cox, U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman, California State Senator Anthony Portantino, the “Architects of Denial” executive producers and team including David McKenzie, Montel Williams, Dean Cain, Laura McKenzie, and Elizabeth Stanton, musician and activist Serj Tankian, Turkish MP Garo Paylan, Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh, Archbishop Parkev Martirosyan, International and Human Rights Attorneys Geoffrey Robertson and Amal Clooney, and many other distinguished honorees.