John Krikorian Tribute:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of John Krikorian, publisher of Business Life Magazine and well-known community supporter. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in John's memory through a gift to the John Krikorian Journalism Scholarship Fund. To make a gift to this fund, please click the following button.
Last year, John, along with his son Greg, announced the establishment of a scholarship fund to honor the memory of Julie Shermer, a dedicated community supporter and volunteer. This scholarship will recognize a deserving female high school graduate; the first awardee will be recognized at the Women Achievers 2013 awards later this year. If donors would also like to make a gift toward this worthy endeavor and to help keep John's dream alive, please click the following button.
"PASADENA ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MEMORIAL FUND"
HISTORIC FUND ESTABLISHED WITH THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE VERDUGOS
Glendale, CA - The Community Foundation of the Verdugos (CFV) announces that the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee (PASAGMC) has established the "Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Fund" to facilitate the construction and maintenance of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial.
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Founded in 1956, The Community Foundation of the Verdugos (formerly the Glendale Community Foundation) exists to improve the quality of life for the people of the Verdugo area - Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose, and Verdugo City - by maintaining community assets to support nonprofit community organizations. The Foundation administers gifts as grants according to donors' wishes, and uses the income generated by interest from financial investments from unrestricted gifts to fund hard asset acquisitions (i.e., capital equipment and improvements) and programming for local charities that make them more efficient and effective.
The needs and issues of the surrounding communities of Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada, Montrose, and Verdugo City will only continue to grow and can only be met by drawing stronger and greater mutual support from the businesses and residents who make this area diverse and vibrant. The Community Foundation of the Verdugos Board plans to direct its mission and vision in the coming years to be in line with what the community is striving toward as its ideal future.
The Community Foundation of the Verdugos is also proud that it is in compliance with standards established by the National Council on Foundations. Created in 2000, the national standards process is voluntary for U.S. community foundations, with compliance valid for five years.
John Krikorian Journalism Scholarship Fund
John Krikorian was born August 24, 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut. John‘s parents, Hovnatan and Elizabeth Krikorian, migrated to the U.S. as orphans and survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. John has three siblings: Lucy, George, and Steven.
John was a graduate of Bryant University, Providence, Rhode Island, where he earned a B.S. /B.A. degree in Management and Accounting. He later served as a sergeant during the Korean War and was a U.S. Army Veteran.
He married the love of his life, Elsie Manoogian, in 1956 in Hartford, Connecticut. John and Elsie were to celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary May 13, 2013. They first met in Atlantic City, New Jersey at an Armenian Youth Federation "AYF" weekend 1955. Ever since those early days, they have enjoyed life to the fullest as one. John found his soul mate and best friend in Elsie. By all accounts, it was a love story meant to be.
John Krikorian began his media career at the Hartford Current newspaper and later became Vice President/Advertising Director of a Times (now Tribune) newspaper in Hartford. After raising their eight children in Connecticut, John and Elsie decided to embark on the journey of a lifetime and move their family across the country to Glendale, CA in 1989.
John and son Greg established Business Life magazine in 1990, which over the years sponsored and hosted many business events, including the well-received and always sold-out Women Achievers award banquets. Then, in 1997, they began publishing Senior Living magazine to serve the specialized interests of those over 55. Both publications continue today.
Krikorian had over 50 years of business and marketing experience and served on numerous boards, including the Los Angeles County Small Business Commission, County of Los Angeles Human Relations Corporate Advisory Council, Glendale Adventist Medical Center Advisory Council, Pasadena's Mayor Disability Committee, Woodbury University President’s Executive Council, and Pasadena Special Olympics.
John's past service included work with the Foothill-Pasadena Branch of the Los Angeles Urban League, Glendale-La Crescenta Red Cross Chapter, Glendale President Advisory Council, Burbank and Pasadena Chambers of Commerce, Consumer Advisory Panel for Sempra's Gas Company/County of Los Angeles Area. The Rotary Club honored Krikorian's great ability to communicate and to build bridges in the community -- both essential talents for turning good ideas into accomplishments.
John left behind a notable legacy as a successful business owner and a beloved family man with six sons, two daughters, and 22 grandchildren. He will not only be dearly missed by his family, but also by the hundreds of people he met along his journey who became his friends.
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Next Grant Proposal Deadline
The next grant application deadline is May 15, 2013. Please note that our grant deadlines for 2013 are February 1, May 15 and August 1.