03, 2016

President handed high state awards to a group of benefactors

Today, President Serzh Sargsyan handed high state awards to a group of benefactors and to the representatives of the executive body of the All-Armenian Pyunik Foundation for the Development of Human Resources for their considerable contribution to the strengthening of the Armenia-Spyurk relations and active charity work. The Head of the Executive Body of the All-Armenian Pyunik Foundation for the Development of Human Resources Levon Sargsyan was awarded the First Degree Medal of Services Rendered to Fatherland; member of the Board of Trustees of the Pyunik Foundation Shahe-Hakop Karamanukian received the Second Degree Medal of Services Rendered to Fatherland. The Medal of Appreciation was awarded to benefactors Sargis Kazanchian, Vigen Chanparjian, Artin Vardanian, and Aroush Esayan.

At the award ceremony, which took place tonight at the Presidential Palace, the President of Armenia handed the awards, congratulated the awardees and thanked all benefactors for their patriotic activities, as well as all those who have brought their participation to the activities of Pyunik Foundation. Noting that in recent years, the Foundation has invested considerable amount of money - close to one hundred million USD with the purpose of implementing multiple charity projects in a number of areas, the President of Armenia said that the amount of money is not as important as the participation of the Board of Trustees of Pyunik Foundation, its members, good will of the enthusiasts and their very concrete acts in the solution of our country’s problems. Serzh Sargsyan extended special thanks to the co-founder of Pyunik, benefactor Gabriel Chenberjian for the personal contribution to the programs aimed at the development of Armenia, donations and readiness to constantly serve Fatherland.

In his remarks the President hailed voluntary charity initiatives of all organizations with social responsibility and initiatives of the entrepreneurs and underlined that they carry out very a important mission.

The Executive Director of Pyunik Suren Naljan briefly presented the journey of Pyunik and its works and noted that Pyunik Foundation co-founded by the benefactor from Spyurk Gabriel Chenberjian and RA Special Envoy Levon Sargsyan has been implementing charity programs in the Armenian Spyurk since 1998.

Later, in 2008 the Foundation actively engaged itself in the areas of education, culture, arts, social insurance, and health care. “Since its conception, the chief mission of the Foundation has been and remains to bring together human resources and their efficient utilization for the benefit of the younger generation’s development. The greatest achievement of Pyunik Foundation of the recent period is truly the construction of the Mesrop Mashtosh Matenadaran branch at the Gandzasar compound in Artsakh, which was officially inaugurated in November 2015. The Foundation has also brought its participation to the renovation and reconstruction of the Komitas Vardapet Institute-Museum. Pyunik is also supporting the Golden Apricot International Movie Festival. It’s been seven years that the Foundation is financing the Revival – the international competition-festival which symbolizes the rebirth of the musical life in Gyumri,” noted the Executive Director of Pyunik Foundation.

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