PASADENA, Calif.–More than 300 people attended a benefit event for Armenia Fund hosted by Yerevan Magazine Tuesday evening at the newly opened Noor Restaurant and Ballroom in Pasadena, California.
The event, held a week before the 13th annual Armenia Fund telethon, sought to bolster the Fund’s water projects in Artsakh. This year’s telethon, themed “Water is Life,” will raise the capital needed to build the facilities and infrastructure needed to deliver clean water to more than 200 villages in desperate need of the vital resource.
The shortage of water is a serious problem in Artsakh, affecting more than 70,000 people living in 200 villages. On average, each family spends 40% of their daily lives carrying water from a source 2-5 miles away. That water is not always clean and 88% of all diseases are related to tainted drinking water.
Meanwhile, there are more than 100,000 acres of agricultural lands in Artsakh are dry due to the lack of irrigation water and people in the villages are unable to grow crops and have incomes.
In Southern California, the Telethon can be seen on KSCI Channel 18, KVMD, ARTN/Shant and USArmenia networks for full 12 hours. In the Glendale/Burbank/Pasadena/La Canada areas in addition to ARTN/Shant (388) and USArmenia (386), the Telethon broadcast will be also shown on AABC (384), HighVision (381) and Horizon (385) Armenian TV channels. The live 12 hour webcast can be viewed at armeniafund.org.
Armenia Fund will also be hosting a benefit concert on Sunday, November 21 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, featuring Eva Rivas, Andre, Sofi Mkheyan, Razmik Amyan as well as six students of the Armenian State Theater of Song. Tickets are available by calling 818-265-0506 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 818-265-0506 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 626-449-7360 or 800-888-8897 as well as online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $30 dollars. The proceeds from the concert will benefit Armenia Fund Telethon 2010 water projects in Artsakh.
Secure online donations to Armenia Fund’s international ‘Water is Life’ Telethon can be made by clicking here.
To donate $10 dollars through a text message, text “Armenia” to 50555.
To read Armenia Fund’s annual reports, which include detailed accounting and independent auditors’ report, click here.