Volunteers, Supporters, and Media Gather for Kick-off Reception and Press Conference in Support of National Grassroots Campaign
WASHINGTON—Representatives from a broad range of Armenian American organizations and media joined ANCA Endowment Fund supporters on February 2nd to launch a series of community activities leading up to the “ANCA Telethon 2012” that will be held in May of this year. The ANCA Telethon 2012 effort was kicked-off at a special press conference and reception held at the Glendale Hilton.
ANCA Endowment President Ken Hachikian was joined by His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and telethon committee members Steve Artinian, Vanna Kitsinian Der Ohanessian, Esq. and Dr. Vicken Hovsepian in presenting the vision for ANCA Telethon 2012. Speakers discussed details about its broadcast reach and programming, and insights into innovative new ideas to engage an unprecedented level of community participation in this fundraising and community-building drive.
ANCA Telethon 2012 will be aired nationally on May 20 on a variety of broadcast, cable and digital channels and showcased online at www.ancatelethon.org from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT).
“We’re very encouraged by the launch today of ANCA Telethon 2012 with an energetic turnout by so many Armenians – from all across our diverse and vibrant community – who share a common commitment to the Armenian Cause,” said ANCA Endowment President Ken Hachikian. “In the coming days and weeks, we look forward to engaging activists and supporters throughout all fifty states as we expand the grassroots power, respect, and influence of our community in the nation’s capital and in hometowns across our great country.”
The ANCA Endowment Fund supports a broad range of educational, youth, and civic programs that give voice to the views and values of the Armenian American community, strengthening our presence in the American civic arena, and empowering pro-Armenian stakeholders with the information and resources they need to take on the powerful forces aligned against the Armenian nation.
The first two ANCA Endowment Fund telethons, held in 2006 and 2009, raised over $4.5 million for Armenian American educational, youth, and civic programs. Both programs touched a common emotional chord, speaking directly to the devotion to the Armenian Cause that rests in the hearts of Armenians from across the U.S., regardless of organizational or political affiliations.
Countless organizations, volunteers, churches, community leaders, local ANCAs, performing artists, Members of Congress, and state legislators from across the nation participated in the telethons, contributing to their enormous success. Both telethons featured several documentaries that highlighted various ANCA programs and numerous results the ANCA Endowment has achieved over the years, largely through its volunteer and grassroots network.