On the afternoon of Thursday, May 9, 2013, tennis legend Andre Agassi visited the newly built St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of Las Vegas, the Armenian National Committee of America informs.
Upon arrival Mr. Agassi met Archpriest Fr. Avedis Torossian, Parish Council Chairman Mr. Adroushan Armenian and Building Committee members Mr. Koko Darakjian and Mr. Levon Gulbenkian. Mrs. Houry Darakjian representing the ARS Armenian Saturday school, Ms. Lindy Schumacher representative of Kirk Kerkorian’s Dream Fund at UCLA, and Mr. & Mrs. Alex and Arda Yemenidjian were also present.
Mr. Agassi and the visitors entered the church after lighting their candles where a brief background was provided about the Las Vegas Armenian community and St. Garabed Church construction process. The group then toured the Cultural Center facility where Mrs. Darakjian briefed about the Saturday Armenian School and expansion plans for the 2013-2014 academic year and equipping the school with advanced Armenian language and history learning techniques.
At the end of the visit, Father Avedis presented Mr. Agassi with a traditional Armenian cross-stone commemorating this special visit. Mr. Agassi complimented the St. Garabed Parish and the Las Vegas Armenian community for their achievements and wished them continued success.