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Michael Aram, An American Armenian Artist And His Twin Children, Anabel Rose Aram And Thadeus Jasper Aram, Are Riders For The Field Of Dreams Float Of AARFA

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has announced the 2017 float entries that will participate in the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Echoes of Success,” and the American Armenian Rose Float Association for a third year in a row will participate with their float “Field of Dreams.” The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, “Echoes of Success,” tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.

Our successes are unique to each of us. Success is not gauged by the final score, not by how much wealth we accumulate and should not be weighed against the accomplishments of others. Success is measured by our own personal satisfaction in knowing that we achieved our utmost by doing our best when facing challenges. But success cannot be achieved alone. We need the support and influences of others. Family, teachers, friends and coaches contribute to our success.

These influences in our lives, these people of selfless commitment, these “Echoes of Success” make us who we are. The 2017 theme celebrates those who have been instrumental in helping each of us and in helping others achieve success. It’s about the people and cultures that lend us a hand in reaching our destination. The America Armenian Rose Float Association will present to the world the echoes of success of the Armenian Community in showcasing Michael Aram, an American Armenian Artist and his twin children, Anabel Rose and Thadeus Jasper Aram, as riders for the Field of Dreams float set to go down Colorado Boulevard on January 2, 2017.

Michael Aram is an American Armenian born artist who works primarily in metal. After studying fine art and living as an artist in New York in the late 1980’s, Aram took what would later be a life-altering trip to India where he discovered rich metalworking traditions. Inspired to work with craftsmen whose skills he felt were greatly untapped, Aram turned his creative energies towards craft based design, setting up a home and workshop in New Delhi.

Aram’s work reflects humanity through the directness of the handmade process, as each piece is lovingly made using age old traditional techniques. The artisan nature of the work imbues it with a soulful quality and an energy, which Aram feels is only possible with work, which reflects the hand of the maker. Bridging the gap between the artist and artisan is a hallmark of Michael Aram’s work. Whether in his narrative and figurative “signature” collection, or in his more contemporary ‘studio’ line, each piece is entirely handmade with no two examples ever exactly the same.

As most know, Michael Aram has given back to his Armenian heritage in many ways over the years using his unique artistry and craftsmanship. On October 6, 2015, he created MIGRATIONS at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral. Referencing Armenian Khachkars, carved cross-stones marking Christian settlements, Aram used the meaningful rectangular shape as a foundation when designing “Migrations”. With the tall, looming structure built from polished stainless steel, the artist envisioned a large crack throughout the Armenian map. He then tipped the map on its side, and hand sculpted oxidized bronze birds fleeing through the open gap. “The birds represent the Diaspora of Armenian people all over the world, the migration from life to death and the migration of spirit. Some of the birds are lifeless, some are frightened and some are in shock,” says the artist. “Armenian families were separated. It changed the country forever and millions lost their lives.”

While “Migrations” focuses on the horror and departure from Armenia, it also captures the glistening light that prevailed through the darkness. The piece serves as a testimony of survival and triumphed existence. “The birds represent ascension just as much as they do distress and, though they migrate, birds can always find their way back home,” says Aram. “My hope is that as people see the sculpture, whether they are Armenian or not, they will see their reflection in the polished stainless steel and be moved to interpret it in their own way.”

In June 2016, Michael created and presented Noah’s Ark as a gift to Pope Francis on behalf of the people of Armenia, in honor of his visit to Armenia. The sculpture was the centerpiece of an ecumenical service in Yerevan and will assume a permanent place at the Vatican. “I feel a connection to the symbolism of Noah’s Ark and have represented it before in my work. The story of Noah has biblical associations to Mount Ararat, in historic Armenia, and is a powerful reminder of Armenia’s place as the world’s first Christian nation. The story of Noah’s journey has deep meaning across various cultures and is interpreted in various world religions,” says Aram

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The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has announced the 2017 float entries that will participate in the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Echoes of Success,” and the American Armenian Rose Float Association for a third year in a row will participate with their float “Field of Dreams.” The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, “Echoes of Success,” tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.

Our successes are unique to each of us. Success is not gauged by the final score, not by how much wealth we accumulate and should not be weighed against the accomplishments of others. Success is measured by our own personal satisfaction in knowing that we achieved our utmost by doing our best when facing challenges. But success cannot be achieved alone. We need the support and influences of others. Family, teachers, friends and coaches contribute to our success. The cheering section at the finish line. The hospital volunteers. The teacher who stays after school to help a struggling student. The parents who drive to all of the soccer games. The little sister who says, “you can do it.”

These influences in our lives, these people of selfless commitment, these “Echoes of Success” make us who we are. The 2017 theme celebrates those who have been instrumental in helping each of us and in helping others achieve success. It’s about the people and cultures that lend us a hand in reaching our destination. The America Armenian Rose Float Association will present to the world the echoes of success of the Armenian Community in depicting and its first announced rider for the Field of Dreams 2017 float as Houry Gabeshian, PA-C, ATC, an American Armenian Gymnast.

Houry has been involved in gymnastics for 20 years.  As a child she won multiple State Championships, was a Level 10 National competitor, and earned a full scholarship to the University of Iowa.  She competed all four years in the All-Around for Iowa, attained the honor of Big Ten Champion on the balance beam in 2010, and was an NCAA National competitor in 2011.  Post-graduation, she continued on to International Elite competition, competing for the Republic of Armenia at the 2011 World Championships.  Here she secured a spot as a reserve athlete for the 2012 Olympic Games.  Unable to qualify in 2012 and after taking a 3 year hiatus to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant, she returned to international competition to continue toward her dream of the Olympics.  This past summer, she made this dream a reality by competing in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Not only was she the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia at the Olympic Games but she also pioneered a new gymnastics element, The Gebeshian.

At the University of Iowa, Houry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer.  She then continued her education at Wake Forest University, earning a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies.  Alongside her gymnastics training, she currently works at the Cleveland Clinic, as a surgical physician assistant, on the Labor and Delivery floor.

Upon the completion of Houry’s athletic career, she plans to continue to inspire through community leadership and motivational speaking.  She also hopes to continue building an Armenian Women’s gymnastics program for the next generation to follow in her footsteps.

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The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has announced the 2017 float entries that will participate in the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Echoes of Success,” and the American Armenian Rose Float Association for a third year in a row will participate with their float “Field of Dreams.”

The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, “Echoes of Success,” tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.

Our successes are unique to each of us. Success is not gauged by the final score, not by how much wealth we accumulate and should not be weighed against the accomplishments of others. Success is measured by our own personal satisfaction in knowing that we achieved our utmost by doing our best when facing challenges.

But success cannot be achieved alone. We need the support and influences of others. Family, teachers, friends and coaches contribute to our success. The cheering section at the finish line. The hospital volunteers. The teacher who stays after school to help a struggling student. The parents who drive to all of the soccer games. The little sister who says, “you can do it.”

These influences in our lives, these people of selfless commitment, these “Echoes of Success” make us who we are. The 2017 theme celebrates those who have been instrumental in helping each of us and in helping others achieve success. It’s about the people and cultures that lend us a hand in reaching our destination.

The America Armenian Rose Float Association will present to the world the echoes of success of the Armenian community featuring three children atop a majestic Artsakh (Karabagh) Stallion in the foreground descending from historic Mt. Ararat in the background where Noah’s Arc came to rest. Mt. Ararat has long stood as a spiritual symbol of faith for people around the world. Also growing out from the soil of this snow-capped mountain, a pomegranate tree with a peacock, a symbol of good fortune and fertility for Armenians around the world.

The children atop the Artsakh Stallion wear traditional Armenian garments, hold symbols representing Literature, Music and Science, paying tribute to the fields in which this historic ancient people have contributed to the collective human experience.

This year’s uplifting theme “Echoes of Success” is represented in this positive portrayal of the Armenian culture paying homage to accomplishments of Armenians in the fields of music, literature and science.

Join us on December 11, 2016 for the Gala Under the Stars unveiling our “Field of Dreams.” For ticket information contact us at 626-788-9622 or Info@AARFA.org

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has announced the 2017 float entries that will participate in the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Echoes of Success,” and the American Armenian Rose Float Association for a third year in a row will participate with their float “Field of Dreams.” The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, “Echoes of Success,” tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.

These influences in our lives, these people of selfless commitment, these “Echoes of Success” make us who we are. The 2017 theme celebrates those who have been instrumental in helping each of us and in helping others achieve success. It’s about the people and cultures that lend us a hand in reaching our destination. The America Armenian Rose Float Association will present to the world the echoes of success of the Armenian Community in depicting and its next announced Field of Dreams 2017 float Claudette Stefanian, a radio and television host.

Claudette has worked as a news anchor, reporter, and host in both digital and television over the last several years. She is currently preparing for her next big move into television that is to be announced in the New Year. She previously worked as video talent at the national and local level for KFIAM640 and iHeartRadio. Claudette’s national piece on the Armenian Genocide protest and Artsakh went viral, garnering over a hundred thousand views on Facebook alone. She could not be more proud of her community and is honored to be a rider on this year’s American Armenian Rose Float!

Right after graduating from USC, Claudette moved to San Diego where she reported for the Union-Tribune’s 16-hour television news network. She covered wildfires, breaking news, human interest stories, crime, and the city’s biggest story of the year surrounding former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Before pursuing her on camera career, Claudette started her behind-the-scenes work in both digital and television at NBC News, CBS Interactive, and Twentieth Century Fox.

Claudette lives to help others and telling stories is just one of the ways she connects with the community.  She is a part of numerous local organizations and looks to help community members overcome hardships, pursue their dreams, and further an effort to work as one to better the lives of others. She recently hosted this year’s AAPSEA Christmas Gala where more than five hundred members from the non-profit sector including members of the Navy, Los Angeles County Fire, and other exemplary agencies gathered to celebrate their work in public service. For the first time ever, Claudette worked with AAPSEA to partner with Toys for Tots and Spark of Love to collect toys for underserved children in hopes of making their Christmas more memorable.

Claudette obtained her B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master’s Degree in Specialized Journalism from the University of Southern California on scholarship.

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The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has announced the 2017 float entries that will participate in the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Echoes of Success,” and the American Armenian Rose Float Association for a third year in a row will participate with their float “Field of Dreams.” The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, “Echoes of Success,” tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.

These influences in our lives, these people of selfless commitment, these “Echoes of Success” make us who we are. The 2017 theme celebrates those who have been instrumental in helping each of us and in helping others achieve success. It’s about the people and cultures that lend us a hand in reaching our destination. The America Armenian Rose Float Association will present to the world the echoes of success of the Armenian Community in depicting and its next announced rider for the Field of Dreams 2017 float as Arturo Azinian, an American Armenian Entrepreneur.

Arturo Azinian, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1926. Arturo’s parents were Armenians, whose family had been killed in the genocide of 1915. After marrying a Young Armenian woman, from Greece, also the daughter of Armenian victims of the genocide, who had traveled to Buenos Aires to escape WWII, Arturo and Calliopi moved to Los Angeles, in 1957, on a vacation. Arturo found that in the United States, even a shoemaker can fulfill his dreams and become a renowned cobbler to the stars, in Beverly Hills. Another echoes of success story.

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The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has announced the 2017 float entries that will participate in the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Echoes of Success,” and the American Armenian Rose Float Association for a third year in a row will participate with their float “Field of Dreams.” The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, “Echoes of Success,” tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.

These influences in our lives, these people of selfless commitment, these “Echoes of Success” make us who we are. The 2017 theme celebrates those who have been instrumental in helping each of us and in helping others achieve success. It’s about the people and cultures that lend us a hand in reaching our destination. The America Armenian Rose Float Association will present to the world the echoes of success of the Armenian Community in depicting and its next announced Field of Dreams 2017 float professional dancer’s Hamazkayin Baruyr Sevag Chapter Dance Group members in alphabetical order,

Andre Shahinian, Ari Libaridian, Carina Goschin, Carlo Libaridian, Crista Marie Aladjadjian, Eleena Hairabedian, Lara Karamardian, Lucy Minasian, Nanor Mardirossian, Natalie Karamardian, Pierre Deir Badrossian, Sevag Shirvanian, Shahe Shahinian, Talar Minasian, Varant Tchalikian, and Zareh Shahinian.

Hamazkayin Baruyr Sevag Chapter is one chapter of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, a non-profit organization. The objective of Hamazkayin was to provide a sound education to the new generation and to strive toward the preservation of the ethnic identity and cultural heritage of the Armenian people forced to live outside their homeland after the 1915 genocide and the fall, in 1920, of the First Republic of Armenia. Subsequently, Hamazkayin Chapters were established throughout the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Canada, South America and Armenia.

Hamazkayin in California, under the sponsorship of the Western USA Executive Chapter, with its eight Chapters and Special Committees throughout the state, has been a source of pride for the Armenian community. The activities of the Chapters are diverse. Lectures, seminars, after-school workshops, commemorative events, exhibitions, concerts, recitals, traditional dance ensembles, dramatic arts troupes and choirs describe the activities of Hamazkayin Chapters in California.