ANCA Telethon: Overwhelming Community Support Pre May 21 Event

Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region
104 North Belmont Street, Suite 200
Glendale, California 91206
Tel: 818-500-1918
Fax: 818-246-7353
Email: [email protected]

Maral Habeshian (818) 500-1918

May 11, 2006

Communities Unite in Support of ANCA Telethon

(Washington, DC – May 11, 2006) – Armenian Communities and
organizations across the United States are uniting in overwhelming
support of the May 21st Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)
Telethon. In the last several weeks individual communities have
mobilized to build support for the Telethon including early
community-level local fundraising initiatives. With less than a week
before the Telethon air date, there is a groundswell of widespread
interest across the entire spectrum of community organizations coming
together with a united purpose of supporting the Armenian Cause, “Hai
Tad.” With this in mind, representatives of various communities and
organizations are planning on appearing live during the Telethon to
show their moral and financial support. The Telethon will be on May
21 from 3-9pm Pacific Time (6pm-Midnight Eastern Time) and will be
broadcast nationally on i Network (formerly known as the PAX network
which can be viewed on local cable systems); Horizon TV, which is
carried on cable and the DISH satellite network; and will be web cast
on To obtain local channel details, viewers can go to
the Telethon page of the ANCA website ( ) where they will
find a station locator by entering their zip code.

“Representatives from communities throughout the United States will be
traveling to Los Angeles to participate in the Telethon live,” said
Raffi Hamparian, member of the ANCA National Board and Telethon
Organizing Committee. “The Telethon has touched a common emotion and
desire in people to support the Armenian Cause in all the different
parts of our communities, regardless of organizational affiliations or
politics. It is worthwhile to note this very positive development
because ‘Hai Tad’ is a calling that should be awakened in every
Armenian. As the Telethon will demonstrate, we all have an important
and critical role to play.”

Representatives from ANCs, community organizations, churches and
performing artists from across the nation are scheduled to appear
during the Telethon in addition to an unprecedented number of public
officials including mayors and representatives from city and state
governments; dozens of members of Congress and the Congressional
Armenian Caucus; and leaders from the Republic of Armenia.
Representatives of ANCA chapters around the nation will show the
tangible results of their grassroots advocacy and activism during the
broadcast with in-depth documentaries about the many activities on
Armenian issues in every community.

“We are eager to share the progress we are making in Pennsylvania on
key issues of importance to the Armenian community and that’s why I’ll
be making the trip to Los Angeles for the Telethon,” said Dr. Ara
Chalian, Co-Chair of the ANC of Pennsylvania. “The surge in interest
and activism demonstrates we’re on the right track and when we put the
additional financial resources behind our volunteer work of our
grassroots network we will see even greater results. That’s what
makes this Telethon so critical to our united future.”

To make a donation in advance of the May 21st ANCA Telethon or find
out channel information, call 1-866-402-2622 (ANCA) or go to
and click on the Telethon logo to make a donation online.