BEVERLY HILLS–Armenian National Committee representatives met last Thursday–June 17–with former New Jersey Senator and Presidential contender Bill Bradley twice during his visit to Southern California last week to thank him for his strong support for universal recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
ANC delegation–comprised of ANCA-WR Board Members Mher Der Ohanessian and Steven Dadaian–accompanied by ANC members Robert Dourian–Chris Keosian and Armen Baranian–met with Senator Bradley and his wife Ernestine during a reception at the Beverly Hills Hilton–to thank him for his continued support of Armenian issues.
Before leaving the US Senate in 1996–Bradley received high marks from the ANCA for his support of Armenian issues. Bradley reassured the ANC representatives that–once elected as President–he would continue to support the Armenian community. The event–organized by Hollywood mogul Barry Diller–attracted dozens of film industry notables and raised an estimated $800,000 for the Bradley campaign. Speakers included new Los Angeles Lakers basketball coach–and Bradley’s former New York Knicks teammate Phil Jackson. Armenian Youth Federation members–Souzi Zerounian-Khanzadian–Hrag Yedalian and Rostom Sarkisian volunteered their services to the Bradley campaign–with Zerounian-Khanzadian serving as Mrs. Bradley’s liaison for the event.
The following day–the former Senator and his wife also attended a YWCA-sponsored event in Glendale to draw attention to the need for increased breast cancer awareness–research and funding. The Armenian National Committee of Glendale assisted the program by providing technical support and equipment for the event. Ernestine Bradley–a breast cancer survivor–recounted her experiences for the assembled health care and community organization representatives.
Prior to the event– ANCA-WR Executive Director Vicken Sonentz-Papazian welcomed the Bradley’s to Glendale–home to roughly 60,000 Armenian Americans– and spoke to both Bill and Ernestine Bradley about the priorities for the Armenian American community. Assemblyman Scott Wildman–a strong supporter of the Armenian American community in the State Legislature– served as the moderator for the event.