The name “Robert Minas Shamlian, Mr. Ararat” in large brass letters was dedicated on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at the Ladies’ Auxiliary regular monthly luncheon at Ararat Home. The memorial, along with a plaque honoring Mr. Shamlian’s decades of service to the Home, is placed at the first floor Entry Arcade to the Deukmejian Ballroom. A framed replica of the special plaque was presented to Mrs. Helen Shamlian by John Yaldezian, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Robert and Helen’s son, Gregory Shamlian, presented a $30,000 check to the Ararat Home Endowment Fund on behalf of the family, which was gratefully accepted by Board Chairman Armen Hampar.
Hundreds of attendees witnessed the presentation, including former Governor George Deukmejian and his wife Gloria, as well as many of “Mr. Ararat’s” extended family and friends.