Orange County and San Diego Communities Support ANCA Advocacy

ARMENIAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF AMERICA
1711 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 775-1918
Fax: (202) 775-5648
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PRESS RELEASE
August 14, 2008
Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
Tel: (202) 775-1918
Email: [email protected]

ARMENIAN AMERICANS IN ORANGE COUNTY AND SAN DIEGO
SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR ANCA ADVOCACY

TUSTIN, CA – The Armenian National Committee of America’s (ANCA)
confident and strong message of political activism was welcomed by
Armenian Americans from across Southern California recently during
two well-attended fundraising events held in Orange County and San
Diego. The ANCA gathering in the San Diego area was hosted by John
and Cynthia Andonian of Rancho Santa Fe, while the Orange County
function was organized by the Orange County ANC and generously
hosted by Garbis and Zov Karamardian at their restaurant in Tustin,
appropriately named Zov’s.

"Many thanks to John and Cynthia, Garbis and Zov and the Orange
County ANC team for hosting these two beautiful gatherings,"
remarked ANCA National Chairman Ken Hachikian. "I appreciated the
opportunity to exchange ideas and share the work of the ANCA in
Washington, DC and across the U.S. It is no secret that the
success of Armenian American advocacy efforts stems directly from
grassroots activism. These gatherings in San Diego, Orange County,
and around the nation help us build on past achievements and re-
energize our team to advance the Armenian Cause," Hachikian added.

The event at the home of John and Cynthia Andonian brought together
a combination of longtime ANCA supporters and individuals
interested in learning more about the organization’s efforts.
Hachikian gave an update about ongoing efforts to secure U.S.
reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide, building an economically
strong Armenia, and broadening the U.S.-Armenia bilateral
relationship.

The fundraiser hosted by the Orange County ANC featured remarks by
local ANC chair Chris Guldjian and community leader Dikran
Sassounian and included the participation of many special guests,
including perennial ANCA benefactors Dr. Garo aand Sylvie
Tertzakian and Manas Boujikian, who served on first ANCA National
Board. Sassounian and Boujikian each recently traveled with
friends and family to Washington, DC and made their first visits to
the ANCA headquarters. Boujikian, along with Asbarez Armenian
Newspaper editor Apo Boghigian met with the ANCA Leo Sarkisian
interns and gave insight about the dramatic expansion of Armenian
American advocacy efforts over the past twenty-five years.

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Photo Captions:

ANCA event hosts John and Cynthia Andonian with national and local
leaders and supporters

ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian with supporters in Orange County,
California.

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