Joan Agajanian Quinn Recipient Of The 2017 Ellis Island Medal Honored

The Armenian International Women's Association

The Los Angeles affiliate of the Armenian International Women's Association (AIWA) will honor Joan Agajanian Quinn, the recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor at a luncheon on Saturday, January 28 at the Mr. C Hotel (1224 Beverwil Dr, Los Angeles.

The 11:30 am event will be attended by special guest Dame Zandra Rhodes who has created a limited edition special print to celebrate the afternoon.

Quinn received this prestigious medal, along with studio executive Sherry Lansing, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, CNN's Fareed Zakaria, and author Victoria Kennedy in May 2017 at a moving ceremony on Ellis Island in New York in recognition of her enduring contributions to both the Armenian and American communities. The Ellis Island Honors Society sponsors the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, established in 1986, and presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life.

Joan was nominated by the president of the Women's Caucus for Art, J. Cheryl Bookout. Letters acknowledging community service were presented to The Ellis Island Society by Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Ambassador. H.E. Grigor Hovhannissian, Hon. Lourdes G. Baird (Ret.), and Reverend Scott Colglazier.

Nicole Nishanian, President of AIWA-LA, states, "We are proud to honor Joan Agajanian rt of artists for over 50 years."

Ms. Quinn supports many local and global humanitarian, educational and cultural activities focusing on causes that benefit diverse communities.

Tickets for the luncheon are $125.00

Tax Deductible 501c3: A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit AIWA programs

For more information & reservations, contact:

Arsine Phillips: (323) 931-8088; cell (213) 509-4337 email:

Lily Balian: (310) 472-2454; cell (310) 625-1199 email:


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