A.R.F. “Dro” Gomideh Event Raises $100,000 for ANCA

MONTEBELLO -A sellout crowd of 400 people attended the A.R.F. "Dro" Gomideh’s annual Dinner-Dance at the Montebello Armenian Center on March 24, and raised an unprecedented $100,000 for the Armenian National Committee of America. Supported by all of the community’s organizations, the event drew people from all over the region and in the final analysis, was a tremendous success and achievement. This year, the "Dro" Gomideh decided to assist the Armenian National Committee in its ongoing efforts to publicize the Armenian Case and bring it to the forefront of local, state, and national level. In conjunction with this, a well-received video prepared by the ANCA-WR, showed the accomplishmen’s and goals of the ANC. In his welcoming remarks, Nazareth Sadorian, Chairman of "Dro" Gomideh, reiterated that the Gomideh "intends to get out of the box and develop stronger relations with the community." Gomideh member, and MC for the evening, Stepan Altounian said, "It is also crystal clear to us as Gomideh that for our community to not only survive, but to actually prosper, we need to be proactive and progressive when we interact with all of the diverse interest groups within our community." Altounian went on to state, "Our platform is founded on consensus- based management and broad community support. Our objective is to be inclusive, not exclusive." Steve Dadaian, member of the National Board of Directors of the ANCA, gave the keynote address and discussed the following points: a) how the ANC has blocked Pres. Bush’s nomination of Richard Hoagland as Ambassador to Armenia because of his denial of the Armenian Genocide; b) raised $2.1 billion in aid from the US for Armenia and Karabagh; c) how the ANC is now working with the Armenian Congressional Caucus to secure the Genocide recognition by the US Congress; and d) how the ANC is the largest and most effective Armenian grassroots lobbying group in existence. Raffi Hamparian, ANC Western Region Chairman, commented on how impressed he was as to the well-organized event. This observation was repeated and shared by many of those in attendance. The Gomideh was able to raise a record-breaking $100,000 for the ANC- a feat never accomplished by a local chapter. Thank you gifts were given to major donors, including a one-of-a-kind ceramic tablet inscribed with the Armenian alphabet. This unique artwork was custom made by Malvina Mkrian, Art teacher at Mesrobian School. Additional gifts included the English edition of the recently published Houshamatyan — history of the early years of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. Musical entertainment was provided by Paul Baghdadlian and Karnig Sarkissian, who sang until 3:00 a.m. to a still largely packed and enthusiastic crowd. Referring to the success of the event, Nazareth Sadorian, chairman of Dro Gomideh, commented, It was a very heartening sight to see so many Armenian community members join in support of the ANC and its work on behalf of the Armenian nation. He added, Tonights event demonstrated once again how effective the Armenian-American community can be when all organizations unite in support of a common cause.


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