GLENDALE–In a front page article Thursday–the Los Angeles Times focused on the United Armenian Fund and its recent 100th airlift of humanitarian supplies to Armenia.
The article–part of the newspaper’s influential and popular "Column One" report chronicled the 10-year history of the UAF–a grouping of Armenian religious and charitable organizations–which–since the 1988 earthquake has been consistently providing medical and humanitarian assistance to Armenia.
"The private $230-million airlift mission–bankrolled in major part by investor Kirk Kerkorian–has become the largest to any one country since the United States government’s historic Berlin airlift after World War II," characterized the LA Times article by reporter John M. Glionna reporting from Yerevan.
The extensive LA Times piece reflects on the problems plaguing Armenia for the past decade–taking time to provide background on the earthquake–the Karabakh conflict and the economic crises in Armenia.
The article focuses on the UAF missions through interviews with local residents who have been affected through the airlifts and UAF Executive Director Harut Sassounian who has been coordinating the airlifts for the past decade.
The UAF will mark its 100th airlift during a sold-out banquet scheduled for Friday–September 26–which will be attended by President Robert Kocharian–His Holiness Karekin I–Catholicos of All Armenia’s–His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia–philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian–Elizabeth Dole and comedian Jay Leno.