GLENDALE–The 1999 Armenia Fund telethon is scheduled to take place on Thanksgiving Day–announced the organization’s board during a press conference last Wednesday at the Brandview Collection. The 11-hour telethon will be broadcast live on KSCI channel 18–with other cities scheduled to air the broadcast on local cable outlets.
Present at the press conference were Western Primate Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian and Western Prelate Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian.
The conference convened with brief remarks by Arch. Hovsepian–who invited Armenia Fund acting chairman Zaven Khanjian who presented brief description of Armenia Fund activities–adding that because of the 1997 telethon–the city of Goris in Armenia has been connected to Nagorno-Karabakh Republic capital Stepanakert through highway constructed by funds raised at the telethon.
Khanjian quickly shifted focus to this year’s upcoming telethon and announced that the aim of the event will be to fund the continuation of that highway to Mardakert.
The 169 kilometer stretch of road is estimated to cost $25,247,000 to build and the motto of the telethon will be constructing the highway "meter by meter." Armenia Fund is asking for $150 contributions per meter.
In order to better engage the public in the telethon–the program has been divided into 15-minute sections–each of which will be sponsored by organizations or individuals for $10,000. It was also announced that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee–the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church–the Armenian Evangelical community–Mr. & Mrs. Mardiros Iskenderian of Zankou Chicken and the Olympia Corporation have already pledged $10,000 to sponsor segmen’s.
Khanjian announced that he has been assigned the director of telethon costs–while the contents and program will be produced by fellow board member Talin Yacoubian. Board members Hrair Balian and Hratch Simonian have been assigned the tasks of community liaison and public relations director respectively.
In closing Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Melkonian emphasized the importance of the telethon and urged the community to take part in the endeavor.