Federal State Local Legislators Set to Attend ANCA WR Annual Banquet

–Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to give special remarks at organization’s gala event

LOS ANGELES–CA–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) announced on Friday that a distinguished list of elected officials will attend the 2005 ANCA-WR Annual Banquet on September 18th at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. This year–Congressman Ed Royce and State Senator Jackie Speier will be honored for their long-lasting support of issues of concern to the Armenian American community. Alex Sardar–who served as the ANCA-WR’s Executive Director from 2000 to 2002 and is currently the Armenia Country Director for Counterpart and Chief of Party for the organization’s Civic Advocacy Support Program USAID grant–will be the Master of Ceremonies of the event.

Among the officials who have confirmed their attendance are Representatives Howard Berman and Diane Watson–California State Board of Supervisor Claude Parrish–California State Senators Joseph Dunn and Liz Figueroa–California State Assemblymembers Rudy Bermudez–Ronald Calderon–Judy Chu–Dario Frommer–Jerome Horton–Shirley Horton–Paul Koretz–Lloyd Levine–Gloria Negrete McLeod–Cindy Montaez and Keith Stuart Richman–Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky–Newly-elected Mayor of the City of Los Angeles–Antonio Villaraigosa–Los Angeles City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti–Tom LaBonge–Jan Perry and Dennis Zine–Vice President of the LAUSD Jon Lauritzen–LAUSD official Robert Collins–Mayor of Glendale Rafi Manoukian–and Judges Armand Arabian–Maral Injejikian and Dickran Tevrizian will present special remarks during the evening’s program.

The ANCA-WR Annual Banquet regularly draws over 700 individuals–including a long list of dignitaries–such as prominent Members of Congress and state legislators–as well as a vast number of Armenian American community leaders and political activists. The annual event is the largest of its kind and helps raise funds to operate the nation’s largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots and political advocacy organization. More honorees are to be announced in the coming weeks before the annual banquet.

For more information on this year’s ANCA-WR Annual Banquet–or to reserve a table–call the ANCA-WR office at (818) 5001918.

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