Ararat Center News
Find out what we've been up to since we purchased this magnificent facility in 2004.


The Diocesan owned Ararat Center in Greenville, New York had a terrific summer season.  St. Vartan Camp program ran for six weeks followed by the one-week Armenian Protestant camp program, Camp Aravelk. The facility hosted various community groups throughout the northeast region and will be preparing for the upcoming St. Nersess seminarian retreat as well as other clients moving into the fall season.
With our annual facility renovations complete for this season and our Executive Chef, Paul Ventura, preparing creative dishes and indulging our guests, our Armenian Center has flourished. This could not have happened without the dedicated volunteers who gave many hours improving the facility and the major donors and contributors who recognized the value and importance of the mission of the Ararat Center. This is the second home for all Armenians, young and old, and it is moving forward into new ventures and activities. Ventura has begun contracting clientele for weddings, birthdays and graduation parties. OktoberFest is being planned over the Columbus Day Weekend. The popularity of the Center is growing not only in the Armenian community but within the local Albany area. What a beautiful setting for a celebration!
"There is a great deal of upkeep at this nine-building complex and we are dependent upon donations from individuals and families to improve the facility for the needs of our youth" states Karen Durgarian, Ararat Center Project Coordinator. "With the up and coming cruise Saturday October 3, 2015 on the Spirit of Philadelphia, the Board of Directors will utilize the revenue to continue upgrading the facility. This cruise is our major annual fundraiser. Many silent auction items have already been received and we look forward to a sell-out event. The Ararat Board has held two cruises in the past two years; first in New York City and last year in Boston. Both generated funds from attendance and generous sponsorships which helped us with the sorely needed renovations of the dining hall, kitchen, guest bathrooms and other upgrades.
The Center has become an attraction in the Armenian community as well as the adjoining towns in the Greenville area. It stands proud to boast its Armenian culture and history and was the chosen nationality by the local Girl Scouts this spring. The scouts displayed literature and hand made items that they had researched and created as well as different food items which Paul Ventura assisted in preparing. This event was a very successful outreach and helped the Center spread the history of our heritage by informing the community of who the Armenians are.
We look forward to seeing you on October 3 in Philly and also consider a visit to this bucolic and wonderful place that brings ancient Armenia to America.
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