ANCA ER: Granian Benefit Concert A Success

Armenian National Committee of America
Eastern Region
80 Bigelow Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: 617-923-1918
Fax: 617-926-5525
[email protected]

May 17, 2004
For Immediate Release

Contact: Arin Gregorian
617-923-1918; [email protected]


— New York City Show Held in Support of Armenian Genocide Recognition

WATERTOWN, MA–On Friday, April 16, Granian performed a concert in New
York City at CB’s 313 Gallery to support continued efforts to raise
awareness and gain recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Proceeds of
the show were donated to the Armenian National Committee of America
(ANCA) Eastern Region.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the ANCA Eastern
Region, I would like to thank Granian–and all of its fans–for this
special benefit concert,” remarked ANCA Eastern Region Chairman Dikran
Kaligian. “As we continue to work towards gaining international
recognition for the Armenian Genocide, we will utilize all avenues
to raise public awareness of this great crime against humanity,”
continued Kaligian.

During the concert, Armenian National Committee activists had an
opportunity to distribute background information on the Armenian
Genocide. Individuals also had an opportunity to participate in the
ANCA nationwide postcard campaign. The postcards urge legislators to
“help end the cycle of genocide” by taking swift action in support
of the Congressional Genocide Resolutions, H.Res.193 and S.Res.164.
Specifically, they call on House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) to schedule a vote on the
measures in their respective chambers.

“I’ve wanted to put together a concert to promote the recognition
of the Armenian Genocide for a long time,” stated Garen Gueyikian of
Granian. “The benefit was to highlight the importance of recognizing
past crimes against humanity in an effort to avoid future atrocities.
It was also held to support the Armenian National Committee of
America, an organization whose tireless work cannot be overstated,”
continued Gueyikian.

“I urge all Granian fans to contact the Armenian National Committee
of America or visit to see what each one of us can do
to help bring an end to genocide,” concluded Gueyikian.

The Armenian National Committee of America is the largest
and most influential Armenian American grassroots political
organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices,
chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated
organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns
of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.