October 31, 2012

DETROIT, Mich.-On Oct. 21, the Armenian Community Center of Greater
Detroit (ACC) held a land blessing ceremony in Novi Michigan. The
ACC had acquired this 10-acre land in December. The newly acquired
property will be the future home of the new Armenian Community Center.

A preliminary conceptual plan was also distributed to the attendees.

An estimated 250 people were present at the event.

A scene from the event.

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy, presided
over the land blessing services. Angele Manoogian represented the ARF
Central Committee. The guest speaker for the event was Sen. Debbie
Stabenow (D-Mich.). Senator Stabenow, a strong supporter of the
Armenian Genocide Resolution bill, talked about the contributions
Armenians have made in Metro Detroit and all across the world.

"I was honored to join church leaders and members of our Armenian
American community for this land blessing ceremony," Stabenow said.

"Novi will be a wonderful new home for the community center's important
educational and cultural events that are part of Michigan's rich and
diverse cultural heritage."

Details to follow.