GLENDALE–An unprecedented line-up of Armenian folk–jazz–pop–rock–and comedy performances by internationally recognized artists will be featured during the Armenia Fund (AFI) Telethon 2004 Make It Happen broadcast on Thursday–November 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (PST).
Armen Chakmakian–a keyboardist for the Grammy award winning band Shadowfax–will lead Telethon 2004’s live–seven member house band with renowned oudist and composer John Bilezikjian–while Zulal–the acclaimed New York City based a cappella folk trio of Teni Apelian–Yeraz Markarian–and Anais Alexandra Tekerian–will perform numerous sets throughout the twelve hour international broadcast.
The all-star entertainment line-up also includes live performances by Aram Asatryan–Shushan Petrosyan–the Garni Folk Ensemble–Gor Mkhitarian–duduk ensemble Winds of Passion–and Nune Yesayan–as well as two monologues by comedian Vahe Berberian.
The broadcast will feature interviews with celebrities–AFI supporters and political leaders from Armenia–Mountainous Karabagh–and the diaspora–as well as construction footage from Armenia and Karabagh–and stories of lives impacted by AFI-initiated infrastructure development projects.
Telethon 2004–live from Glendale–California–is a 12-hour event airing throughout the United States–Europe–South America–the Middle East–the CIS–and Armenia. Telethon 2004’s goal is to raise funds to complete the remaining 52 miles of the North-South "Backbone" Highway in Karabagh. When completed–the $25 million–105-mile highway will link 150 towns and villages to provide crucial economic–trade–and development opportunities. Telethon 2004 will also provide continued assistance in health care–education–and infrastructure development in the Republic of Armenia.
Detailed domestic and international viewing/broadcast information is available at www.armeniafund.org–or by calling 800.888.8897. Telethon 2004 will also be available in full-motion web-cast at www.armeniafund.org
Internet users will be able to view and make secure contributions online.
Armenia Fund–Inc.–a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation–is the US West coast affiliate of the "Hayastan" All-Armenia Fund (HAAF). Established in 1994 to facilitate humanitarian assistance to Armenia and Karabagh–HAAF has administered over $100 million in humanitarian–rehabilitation–and construction aid through the united efforts of Armenian communities internationally.