Mayor Villaraigosa Gives Support to Armenia Fund’s Telethon 2006

GLENDALE–Armenia Fund is pleased to announce that the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa has joined in rallying support for the Armenia Fund’s Telethon. In his special appeal given to the Armenia Fund, Mayor Villaraigosa said "Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Armenia’s living outside the Republic of Armenia and happens to be the home city of Armenia Fund’s largest affiliate". Commending Armenia Fund’s solid track record Villaraigosa highlighted the fact that since its inception Armenia Fund has raised over $160 million dollars for the construction of roads, hospitals, schools, housing units, and waterways in Armenia. "You should be proud of your efforts," added Villaraigosa. The Mayor said that he is looking forward to the sister city partnership with the City of Yerevan and Los Angeles. The special partnership will bring the two cities closer through various exchanges, including humanitarian assistance to Armenia. Indeed, Villaraigosa has been at the forefront of bringing Los Angeles to the international community through an aggressive pursuit of economic, trade, and tourism development abroad. His recent visit to China marked the opening of a first ever Los Angeles Office of Tourism and Trade in Beijing. "Using this opportunity, I would like to also congratulate all Armenia’s around the world for the 15th anniversary of Armenia’s independence," added Villaraigosa. On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, Armenia Fund will air its 9th Annual International Telethon. This year’s telethon will highlight the organization’s 15 years of achievemen’s as well as celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia. Since 1991, Armenia Fund has rendered more than $160 million in short term humanitarian aid as well as long term infrastructure development project. The organization was instrumental for urgently facilitating the critical energy needs of the fledgling Armenian republic in from 1991 to 1994. In addition to its relief aid, the organization has constructed major infrastructure that includes rural roads and highways, drinking water and irrigation networks, healthcare facilities, schools, and cultural and historical projects’ rehabilitation. Proceeds from Telethon 2006 will benefit the war torn region of Hadrut in Nagorno Karabakh. Among various major projects, the plan calls for the reconstruction of a regional hospital, a series of new schools, new water pipelines and distribution networks, as well a comprehensive regional agricultural development program all designed to enhance the socio-economic standards of the region. The plan will draw parallels to the Martakert Regional Development plan, which is currently underway, after months of planning and fund collection. The Telethon is a live 12 hour broadcast airing in all major US cities, as well as internationally in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and South America. The live program will also be webcast via Armenia Fund’s website at www.armeniafund.org. Armenia Fund’s Thanksgiving Day Telethons have been a tradition in the greater Armenian Diaspora. The Telethon is an international act of unity that brings together Armenia Fund’s supporters, community and religious leaders, as well as celebrities with one mission–to help rebuild Armenia. The telethon also features live connections from Paris, Buenos Aires, New York, Moscow, and other cities where Armenia Fund has a presence. Over the last two years, the Telethon has raised more than $20 million for reconstruction projects in Armenia. During the 2005 Telethon, Armenia Fund registered the highest number of donors, marking an all time high in public participation and support. Armenia Fund, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1994 to facilitate large-scale humanitarian and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Since 1991, Armenia Fund has rendered more than $160 million in development aid to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Armenia Fund, Inc. is the US Western Region affiliate of "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund. Tax ID# 95-4485698

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