Louise Simone Donates $350 000 to Telethon 2000

GLENDALE–Armenia Fund–Inc. and Armenia Fund USA recently announced the receipt of a contribution of $350,000 from Louise Manoogian Simone–a founding member of the Board of Governors of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund–to Telethon 2000 for the continued construction of Karabakh’s North-South "Backbone" Highway and the building of four schools in Armenia’s earthquake zone.

Simone–president of the Armenian General Benevolent Union–has participated in AFI’s Telethons since its inception in 1996. With AGBU’s extensive international humanitarian and cultural projects–Simone’s continued support of the Telethon signifies the importance of Hayastan-All Armenian Fund’s activities in rebuilding the necessary infrastructure for the growth and development of Armenia and Karabakh.

"On behalf of AFI and AFUSA–I thank Mrs. Simone for her very generous donation to Telethon 2000. Mrs. Simone’s continued dedication and commitment will assist in paving the way to Karabakh’s and Armenia’s ability to enter the new millennium with the critical foundations and processes needed for future stability," said Hagop Kouyoumdjian–chairman of Armenia Fund USA.

The eleven-hour international broadcast–Thursday–November 23–Thanksgiving Day–will air live in its entirety from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) in several US cities–with the first five-hours being simulcast in Armenia–Europe–the CIS–the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.

Telethon 2000 will also be webcast–in full motion video–on www.armenianradio.com where Internet users can participate and make secure contributions online.

For more information regarding Telethon 2000–please call 818.243.6222 or send an email to telethon@pacbell.net.

Armenia Fund–Inc.–a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation–is the West Coast affiliate of the "Hayastan" All Armenian Fund headquartered in Yerevan–Armenia. Since 1996–AFI has generated over $17 million to help build and complete the Goris-Stepanakert Highway and start the North-South Highway in Karabakh.

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