AGAPE CIRCLE 4th Annual Luncheon
Published - 10 November 2017

The Agape Circle 4th Annual luncheon will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Vertigo Event Venue to a sold out group of enthused supporters.

Under the auspices of his Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian and inspired by God’s love, the Agape Circle of the Western Diocese was founded in 2015, stemming from a partnership between the Western Diocese and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) Steering Committee in 2014.  Fundraising efforts by the Agape Circle are carried out to benefit 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. 

Headed by Mrs. Alice Chakrian, the Agape Circle of the Western Diocese is a group of dedicated women who have made it their mission to support and contribute to organizations that have impacted the lives of the Armenian-American community. Through their fundraising efforts and events, they give the Armenian community meaningful alternatives to become engaged and involved in programs that strive to alleviate human sufferings, including illness, homelessness, addiction, poverty and abuse.

Today, Agape Circle’s outreach has expanded to include the YWCA of Glendale. With a generous donation from the Agape Circle and VS Staging, Inc., the computer room at the YWCA was completely refurbished.  “This year, I am pleased to announce that the YWCA is in our outreach projects, said Mrs. Chakrian. “We visited them and after hearing the number of Armenians who benefit from the services provided by the YWCA, the Agape Circle ladies saw the necessity to help improve their facilities.” 

Mrs. Vicki Grigorian, member of the Agape Circle and business partner with Mrs. Salpi Keshishian of VS Staging, Inc. said she was thrilled to be able to contribute hands on to this project. “This was a project that gave true meaning to the mission of Agape Circle. Women and children of the Glendale community will be able to walk into the computer room to use the facility and feel less isolated because of the warm welcoming environment we have created,” said Mrs. Grigorian.

“The mission being accomplished by the Agape Circle is incredible,” said Archbishop Hovnan Derderian under whose leadership and guidance the Agape Circle finds meaningful outreach involvement. This year the Agape Circle also contributed to the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Mission Armenia Program.   “I believe wholeheartedly in the mission of the Agape Circle because it transforms souls through its projects,” continued Abp. Derderian. “We are proud to partner with CHLA that serves thousands of Armenian children among its continuous care. We are proud to have supported the Starskey Hearing Foundation in providing hearing aids to hundreds of Armenians in Armenia. We are proud to be able to partner with the YWCA as it serves many of our Armenian families.”


“So many families in our community benefit from the projects we engage in,” said Mrs. Chakrian. “We know that those in attendance at the luncheon will be inspired to become contributors to the Agape Circle of selfless love through their donations. We look forward to spreading the love.”