ANCA Launches Nationwide Telethon

–Grassroots advocacy organization expanding operations in nation’s Capital and across US

(WASHINGTON–DC)–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) will launch its first nationwide telethon on May 21–2006 with the theme "Securing our roots? Building for the future."

The goal of the telethon–which will air throughout the United States on television stations in major Armenian communities and via satellite TV–is to raise funds to expand ANCA’s work and programs in service to the Armenian Cause (Hai Tahd). The ANCA has been stepping up its advocacy efforts over the last decade on many issues important to the Armenian community and the telethon will raise the additional financial resources necessary to meet the growing challenges facing the Armenian people.

As a first step in these expansion plans–in early March the ANCA Endowment made a historic announcement regarding a state-of-the-art building it purchased from AOL founder Steve Case–which is located in the heart of the nation’s capital–Washington–DC. The building–which is equipped with the latest technology–is located blocks from the White House and near Embassy Row.

"Now is the time to build on our successes with a national telethon devoted to ‘Hai Tahd’–the Armenian Cause," said Ken Hachikian–Chairman of the ANCA. "We look forward to generating the increased political power–influence–and respect that the Armenian American community deserves–and that the Armenian homeland needs. Purchasing a building in the heart of Washington–DC’s political establishment gives the Armenian Cause a permanent home in the US and provides a platform to expand our service to the Armenian nation."

The ANCA telethon will be broadcast from 6:00 PM to midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) and 3:00-9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on May 21 and will feature a wide array of engaging programming including documentaries–prominent political figures–community representatives–and artistic performances–all with an eye toward raising substantial funds to support the ANCA’s advocacy programs throughout the United States.

"The launch of the ANCA Telethon represents a historic occasion to both demonstrate the substantial progress and results the ANCA has achieved for the Armenian Cause and to outline our plans for the future," said Zanku Armenian–spokesperson for the ANCA Telethon. "We are at a defining moment for Hai Tahd and need to expand our infrastructure to meet the increasing challenges from the many forces arrayed against our nation–our homeland–and our struggle for justice. The Telethon will provide a unique forum to unify our community’s strength–foster greater participation–and generate the resources we need to advance the Armenian Cause."

The genesis of the ANCA Telethon theme–"Securing our roots? Building for the future," reflects the ANCA’s respect for our roots and our aspirations for the future. "Securing our roots" represents our enduring historic roots as a people–our grassroots around the country–and our deep roots in Washington–DC. At its core–grassroots advocacy is the very soul of the ANCA. While "Building for the future" represents the ANCA’s constant efforts to expand its effectiveness as a world-class organization–recognized internationally as the principled and forceful voice of the Armenian American community.

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