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Armenian Church of South West Florida Raises Funds for Children in Need

By Carole Meghreblian
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

Last month, the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) mission parish collected $1,067 as part of the Diocese’s Department of Mission Parishes food drive for children in need.

(Also on FLArmenians: Florida Mission Parish Update from ACSWFL)

The funds were donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Ft. Myers, in memory of the children who were victims of anti-Armenian pogroms in Azerbaijan (1988-89) and the war in Nagorno-Karabagh (1991-1994).


Meg Madzar, Campaign Project Coordinator, Harry Chapin Food Bank & Carol Meghreblian, ACSWFL Parish Council Chairwoman

The Harry Chapin Food Bank serves five counties in southwest Florida: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee.  In 2011, they distributed 15 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at $24.9 million, to more than 160 non-profit partners who serve more than 30,000 people monthly.  This is a first-time collection for the ACSWFL, and they intend to make it an annual event.

Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Hosts Religious Leaders

Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Hosts Religious Leaders

By Carole Meghreblian
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida concluded its last service of the season on Sunday, March 11 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Naples, Florida. Over 125 parishioners were present, the largest number of parishioners to attend Holy Service (Badarak) to date.  The Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian from St. Gregory Armenian Church in Chicago was the celebrant. He was assisted by Deacon Allan Tossoonian from St. Hagop’s Armenian Church in Pinellas Park.  Organist Pierre Abadjian and fourteen choir members from across the United States, provided the beautiful music. Also in attendance were Hayr Soorp’s parents, Rev. Fr. Nerses and Yeretzgin Aurora Jebejian.

A light luncheon followed in the hall where parishioners enjoyed both an Armenian and American menu. The annual bake sale, featuring delicious katahs, simit, and other Armenian favorites, was completely sold out.

Anyone visiting or living in the Naples, Fort Myers, Marco Island area and wishing to participate in future events, please follow Services are held November through April.

Carole Meghreblian is the Parish Council Chair of the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida. She can be reached at

This story has been updated.