SAN FRANCISCO—Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America and Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, author of “Nowhere, a Story of Exile,” will headline the ANCA SF-Bay Area chapter’s annual Hye Tad Evening on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in San Francisco.
“I’m looking forward to being in San Francisco for the Bay Area ANCA’s Hye Tad Evening,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “I’m eager to share our latest work, but even more excited to hear from friends – old and new – and to take back to Washington the ideas and inspiration of one of America’s most vibrant Armenian communities.”
Hamparian serves as the ANCA’s representative to the administration, Congress, and the Washington foreign policy community. Born and raised in New Jersey, Hamparian headed the New Jersey ANC, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Political Science, and has worked at ANCA since 1990.
Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte fled the anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1989 and spent three years with her family as refugees in Armenia, before coming to the United States in 1992. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English & Literature and Philosophy & Religion, as well as a degree in law.
Turcotte’s first book, “Nowhere, a Story of Exile,” which she wrote at the age of 14, is based on her childhood diaries chronicling her family’s flight from Baku and life in Armenia. She was awarded the Mkhitar Gosh Medal by the president of Armenia, which honors exceptional achievements in the political-social spheres, as well as a Gratitude Medal from the President of Nagorno-Karabakh.
A landmark event for the San Francisco Armenian American community, the annual Hye Tad Evening brings together hundreds of individuals who support the local ANCA’s efforts to advance the community’s concerns on a broad range of issues. Past keynote speakers have included former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Marshall Evans, former Foreign Minister of Armenia Raffi Hovanissian, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Hrant Dink, and Regip Zarakolu.
This year’s Hye Tad Evening will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Saroyan Hall, 825 Brotherhood Way in San Francisco. Tickets are $125 for adults and $75 for students. Interested parties may purchase tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (415) 387-3433.