Los Angeles Area ADHCs Embrace ANCA Telethon Message of Civic Empowerment

ANCA representatives make presentation at an ADHC

GLENDALE—Owners, staff and participants at over 24 adult day health care centers (ADHC) throughout the LA area have opened their doors to the ANCA Telethon team, offering their generous donations in support of the community development and educational efforts of the ANCA Endowment Fund.

The ADHCs, which serve over 3500 Armenian Americans throughout the Southland, invited the ANCA Western Region’s External Affairs Deputy Tereza Yerimyan to provide an update about the efforts of the ANCA Endowment Fund in expanding Armenian American youth participation in civic life, and the ongoing campaign to educate media and elected officials about the issues of concern to the growing community in the LA area and around the country. Participants were eager to add their voice and support to the effort with contributions large and small and look forward watching the May 20th Telethon, which will be broadcast in major Armenian American communities and streamed live online from 2pm to 8pm PDT (5pm to 11pm EDT). See page 16 for complete channel listing). for the ANCA Telethon is featured at http://www.ancatelethon.org/watch.

“The ANCA Endowment is very excited that the owners, staff and particularly our elderly community served by these adult care centers so enthusiastically welcomed our effort and have participated so generously to ensure its success,” said ANCA Telethon Executive Committee Member Berdj Karapetian.  “This truly is a testament to the enduring message of the Armenian Cause – that each and every one of us – young and young at heart – truly are Hye Tahd.”

The ANCA Telethon team has been doing outreach to communities across the U.S. – with Armenian Armenian schools and community organizations working hand in hand to support the ANCA Endowment’s message of education and empowerment.  From school bake sales and raffles to elegant gala receptions, the outpouring of support for the third ANCA Endowment Telethon has been inspirational to organizers and activists alike.

The ANCA Endowment Fund supports a broad range of educational, youth, and civic programs that give voice to the views and values of the Armenian American community, strengthening our presence in the American civic arena, and empowering pro-Armenian stakeholders with the information and resources they need to take on the powerful forces aligned against the Armenian nation.

The first two ANCA Endowment Fund telethons, held in 2006 and 2009, raised over $4.5 million for Armenian American educational, youth, and civic programs. Both programs touched a common emotional chord, speaking directly to the devotion to the Armenian Cause that rests in the hearts of Armenians from across the U.S., regardless of organizational or political affiliations.

Countless organizations, volunteers, churches, community leaders, local ANCAs, performing artists, Members of Congress, and state legislators from across the nation participated in the telethons, contributing to their enormous success. Both telethons featured several documentaries that highlighted various ANCA programs and numerous results the ANCA Endowment has achieved over the years, largely through its volunteer and grassroots network.

ANCA Telethon donations may be made online at ancatelethon.org/donate or by calling (855) 208-ANCA.

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