ANCA-ER to Honor Power, Aramian at Annual Banquet

NEW YORK–The Armenian National Committee of America, Eastern Region, announced the honorees for its Second Annual Banquet and Awards Program, to take place on Saturday, September 13 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

As announced previously, the ANCA-ER will present the ANCA Freedom Award to Harvard University professor and human rights activist Dr. Samantha Power. A leading voice on genocide awareness, Power won the Pulitzer Prize for her book A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. She teaches at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and was a senior adviser to U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The Vahan Cardashian Award will be presented to Martha Aramian of Providence, Rhode Island, a long-standing active member of the Armenian community. Aramian has been a strong activist in her local Providence community and supporter of the ANCA’s efforts at a national level. In 2006, on the occasion of the ANCA’s Capital
Campaign, she donated $200,000, greatly facilitating the purchase of the ANCA’s new national headquarters in Washington DC. Aramian has sponsored the establishment of a child care center, senior center, and youth camp in Vanadzor, a city devastated by the 1988 earthquake.

"We are pleased to honor Samantha Power and Martha Aramian," commented Banquet Committee Chair Stephen Mesrobian. "These are two individuals who have had a lasting impact and made a real difference in the Armenian Cause through their dedication and support."

The ANCA Freedom Award honors individuals who have succeeded in bringing the history of the Armenian people and the truth about the Armenian Genocide to the mainstream public consciousness. Recent recipients have included U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and musical band System of a Down.

The Vahan Cardashian Award is given annually to an ANC activist or supporter who demonstrates longstanding accomplishmen’s on behalf of the Armenian Cause. The award is named for Yale-educated lawyer Vahan Cardashian who set aside his successful New York practice to dedicate himself to the establishment of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia (ACIA), predecessor organization to the Armenian National Committee and advocate for the plight of the Armenian nation. The 2007 Cardashian Award was presented to Vahe Amirian of New Jersey.

Plans are currently being finalized for the banquet. The evening will begin with a silent auction and cocktail reception, followed by a dinner and awards program. For more information and reservations, visit www.anca.org/erbanquet, email erbanquet@anca.org or call 917-428-1918.

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