GLENDALE, CA – Mr. And Mrs. Vahe and Aida Yeghiazarian helped set the tone for a successful ANCA Endowment Fund Telethon this Sunday, opening their home for a gala reception raising over $100,000 for the civic and educational activities of the charitable community organization.
“Today, we take a large step forward as we unite in common cause to help the ANCA Endowment Fund meet its mission and goals,” said Aida Yeghiazarian, as she welcomed community leaders, friends and supporters from throughout Southern California for the special evening.
Throughout the evening guests stressed the important role of community support for the ANCA Endowment Fund. “It is our national and spiritual responsibility to give generously to this great Cause,” explained long-time community activist and leader Haigoush Keghinian-Kohler. “The ANCA Endowment Fund is one group whose activities I follow proudly on a consistent basis,” explained Mr. Hacop Baghdassarian. “Their efforts require vigilant community participation – both financially and through the volunteer ethic–to ensure success.” Baghdassarian joined the evening’s fundraising efforts led by Jasik Jarahian and Parouir Acopian.
“The work of the ANCA Endowment Fund and the efforts behind the Telethon take the issues related to the Armenian American community to the highest levels,” explained Acopian. “Educate Yourself. Speak Out. Become an Activist.”
Among noted attendees at the reception were His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Western U.S., ARF Central Committee Chairman Avedik Izmirlian, ANCA Endowment Fund Telethon Committee Chairman Leonard Manoukian, as well as leaders from the ANC Western Region, Homenetmen Ararat Chapter and Armenian Relief Society. A variety of community leaders addressed the guests, including ARF Bureau member, Dr. Vicken Hovsepian, and Acopian, who served as master of ceremonies.
The 2009 Telethon will help further strengthen the ANCA Endowment Fund as a vital Armenian American civic institution that continues to build on its proven track record of results by developing a powerful financial foundation for the future. The Telethon will support Armenian American grassroots civic participation by ensuring that our community has the tools to effectively educate the American public and governments on the federal, state and local levels about the challenges and opportunities facing Armenia, Nagorno Karabagh, and the Diaspora.
The ANCA Endowment Fund is a 501c(3) charitable organization. To donate to the ANCA Endowment Fund Telethon, visit: http://www.2009telethon.org or mail your check to ANCA Endowment Fund Telethon, 104 N. Belmont Ave Suite 305, Glendale, CA 91205.