In the Holy Bible, Agape is the highest of the four types of love. Agape is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional love. Agape perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for his Father and for his followers. Agape is the term that defines God's immeasurable, incomparable love for humankind.
Inspired by God’s love, the Agape Circle of the Western Diocese was founded in 2015. Headed by Mrs. Alice Chakrian, the group of dedicated women have made it their mission to support and to contribute to organizations that have impacted the lives of the Armenian-American community. Fundraisers benefitting such world renowned organizations as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) are routinely organized. CHLA, which has been named as the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News and World Report Honor Roll, serves over 350,000 children a year, including 12,000 Armenian children in the last six years.
Through a variety of community fundraisers, the Agape Circle has pledged to raise $100,000 for CHLA’s programs and services. The funds raised have benefitted CHLA’s Vision Center, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, the Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit, the Literally Healing Program and the Interfaith Center.
Today, Agape Circle’s outreach has expanded. In June, Mr. and Mrs. Armen and Haikouhi Kavoukjian hosted a fundraiser benefitting Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Mission Armenia Program. The event raised substantial funds to initiate an ongoing community-based sustainable program through which a number of people with hearing loss in Armenia may benefit from such vital devices as hearing aid kits and continuous care. This year alone, Starkey Hearing Foundation will reach close to 2,000 people in Armenia alone who are experiencing hearing loss.
A sizeable donation of $3,000 was made on behalf of the Agape Circle of the Western Diocese by Mrs. Alice Chakrian, Chair of the Agape Circle.
The members of the Agape Circle of the Western Diocese are Mrs. Alice Chakrian (Chairlady), Mrs. Armine Bedrossian, Mrs. Celene Culhaoglu, Mrs. Silva Derbalian, Mrs. Angie Garibyan, Mrs. Vicki Grigorian, Mrs. Peggy Kankababian, Mrs. Silva Katchiguian, Mrs. Eileen Keusseyan, Mrs. Angela Parseghian, Mrs. Silva Sepetjian, Mrs. Aida Sethian, Mrs. Maggie Sumian, Mrs. Silvana Vartanian and Mrs. Sato Yessayan.
“Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8).