WASHINGTON–DC–In an overwhelming display of unity behind the Armenian National Committee of America’s mission to educate–motivate–and activate our communities–Armenian Americans–organizations–and communities across the United States raised $2.7 million during the ANCA Telethon on May 21 with additional donations still coming in. The groundswell of donations came from the entire spectrum of the Armenian community demonstrating the widespread support for the ANCA’s accomplishmen’s and the desire to see its work expand further.
"The Telethon was one of the ANCA’s most ambitious endeavors to date–pulling together every part of our grassroots network–and the results demonstrate the overwhelming support for our mission to unite the community behind the Armenian Cause–Hai Tahd," said Ken Hachikian–National Chairman of the ANCA.
"We are gratified by the confidence Armenian Americans across the nation have placed in us and pledge to the Armenian community that we will make every dollar count as we work to vigorously pursue and represent the interests of the community in the local–national and international political and policy arenas," said Hachikian.
The Telethon touched a common emotional desire in people to support the Armenian Cause in all the different parts of our communities–regardless of organizational affiliations or politics. Countless organizations–volunteers–churches–community leaders–ANC local chapters–performing artists–Members of Congress–and state legislators from across the nation participated in the Telethon contributing to its enormous success.
The Telethon also featured several documentaries that highlighted the various ANCA programs and results the ANCA has achieved over the years largely through its volunteer and grassroots network.
In addition to hundreds of thousands of viewers who watched the Telethon on TV in all major US media markets–thousands–nationally and internationally–also watched the Telethon via a simultaneous webcast over the Internet and donated online.
While the Telethon raised funds for the ANCA Endowment–it also served to expand the level of knowledge and understanding within the community about the important work that is being done on a daily basis by the ANCA. One of the ANCA’s goals is to engage and activate more segmen’s as part of the ANCA’s grassroots network and the Telethon helped expand that reach.
Donations are still being accepted for the ANCA Telethon and those interested in contributing should call 1-866-402-2622 (ANCA) or go to www.anca.org and click on the Telethon logo to make a donation online.