Dr. Ruben Boyajian is a strong supporter of the Effingham community and is involved in several local projects aimed at improving the quality of life for residents in the area.

Gingerbread Creations

Dr. Boyajian has become famous for his gingerbread creations. For over 20 years, he and his family have created scale replicas in gingerbread that are publicaly displayed during the Christmas Season. Subject matter have included National Landmarks, such as The White House (acknowledged by President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura); as well as, local landmarks, such as the Historic Effingham County Court House. His good friend, Ed Baumgarten lends a helping hand to the projects by developing accurate blueprints and by capturing the final creations through skillful photography.

View a gallery of gingerbread creations »

The Effingham Performance Center

The Effingham Performance Center is a 1,500-seat, state-of-the-art venue that welcomes national, regional and local performers each season and hosts a wide variety of shows, including country, rock, contemporary, comedy, dance, bluegrass, family events and much more. Past performers include B.B. King, Sara Evans, Tim Conway, Larry the Cable Guy, Lee Greenwood, Steve Martin, Bret Michaels, Jack Hannah, Kenny Rogers, REO Speedwagon and many others.

Dr. Ruben Boyajian is the Co-Chairman for this organization.

Visit the Effingham Performance Center.

The Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association

This wonderful organization promotes interpretive culture and history as a means to increase public awareness of the history of Effingham County and the National Road. Dr. Boyajian is a member of the association’s Board of Directors.

Visit the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association.

Helen Matthes Library Capital Campaign

The Helen Matthes Library has outgrown its current facility and will be moving to a new location that will allow it to better serve community. The library is currently raising funds to be used towards the renovation of the facility, which is estimated to cost $3.5 million.

The new facility will feature a mixture of traditional and new services that will allow the library to stay relevant to Effingham for years to come.

Features include

  • 150 seat meeting room
  • Computer training lab
  • Dedicated space for teens
  • Movable spaces to adapt to evolving needs
  • Quiet study rooms for tutoring sessions

To learn more about donating funds to the project, visit New Building at Helen Mathis Library.

Other Contributions

  • FACE
  • Art Guild
  • Rotary Club, Effingham, IL