Orange County Armenia’s Gather to Support ANCA’s Nationwide Efforts

Over $22,000 raised at a reception held at the home of Dr. Garo & Sylvie Tertzakian

SANTA ANA–A fundraising reception held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Garo and Sylvie Tertzakian on November 6–collected over $22,000 for the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and bolstered support for the ANCA’s efforts in advancing issues of concern to Armenian Americans in the Nation’s Capital.

"We greatly appreciate the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Tertzakian for opening their home to our community and supporters on this wonderful occasion," said ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian.

Hachikian and ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian highlighted the importance of grassroots activism in securing US recognition for the Armenian genocide–ensuring high levels of economic aid for Armenia–and defending the territorial integrity of Mountainous Karabagh.

"Having Ken and Aram in Orange County gave us a great opportunity to discuss–first hand–the concerns we are facing in Washington–and our community’s role in moving our issues forward," said Sylvie Tertzakian–who is a long-time local ANC leader.

Among those attending were Brea Councilman Marty Simonoff–a leading candidate in the race to represent California’s 72nd State Assembly district–which covers Anaheim–Brea–Fullerton–La Habra–Placentia–Yorba Linda and parts of Orange; and Elaine Vasquez–special assistant to Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona.

A viewing of the ANCA’s newly released video–"Grassroots Makes the Difference," provided an overview of the organization’s activities in Washington–DC and around the nation–and was later distributed to the guests.

The fundraiser was a historic event for the Armenian National Committee of Orange County as a new wave of activism and political awareness hit center stage. "We left the event energized to continue local efforts in support of our national aspirations," said ANC Orange County Chairperson Garo Madenlian.

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