GLENDALE–Several representatives of the Armenian business community of Southern California recently gathered at the home of a long-time devoted benefactors Mr. & Mrs. Varant Melkonian to participate in a fund raising campaign for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Endowment Fund.
Following the tragic events of Sept. 11–and considering the current climate throughout the United States–all attendees–as well as those who had pledged contribution to the campaign–expressed their unwavering support for the ARF–which they believe is the only organization that defends the Armenian Cause and Armenian values. Close to $300,000 was raised at the gathering.
The evening was unique–since the funds raised will not be directed to a single project or be allocated toward eliminating a deficit. Those funds will be transferred to the ARF Endownment Fund–which hopes to reach $3 million through an ongoing worldwide campaign.
In order to confront national challenges facing Armenia and the Diaspora today–the ARF must be financially stable. For this very reason the guests expressed their strong faith toward the ARF and its mission.