ANCAWR Kicks Off 2001 Annual Banquet

Nov. 16 event expected to attract more than 600 attendees–guests and honorees.

GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region kicked off its 2001 Annual Banquet season–with a reception and art exhibit on Sunday–October 28–at the home of long-time ANCA-WR supporters Vahak and Baydsar Thomassian in the San Fernando Valley.

More than 50 supporters–friends and ANC members gathered at the Thomassian home to officially mark the beginning of the year’s most anticipated event the ANCA-WR 2001 Annual Banquet.

The reception–which was held in the afternoon–featured an exclusive exhibit by 2001 ANCA-WR Freedom Award Nominee The Genocide Project–led by photographers Ara Oshagan and Levon Parian–who formed the Project along with other Armenian American activists and artists to capture the stories of Armenian Genocide survivors in their words–and through their images.

The Genocide Project has taken these stories to a wide array of audiences from museums to halls of legislatures–from magazines to libraries. The Genocide Project has set a new standard in Armenian Genocide affirmation–and for their tireless work in affirming the Armenian Genocide–the ANCA-WR Board of Directors have chosen them as this year’s honorees.

ANCA-WR Chairman Steven J. Dadaian–welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support and generosity. He gave the attendees an overview of the activities of the ANCA-WR and offered a preview of upcoming projects.

Also attending the 2001 Annual Banquet Kick-off reception was Assemblyman Dario Frommer–of the 43rd California Assembly District–who briefed the attendees on a number of current issues of concern to the Armenian American community. Giving an overview of the last legislative year–Frommer touched on his trip to Armenia–his efforts to secure funding for the distribution of Armenian Genocide curriculum material–as well as his office’s role in advocating for the signing of a trade memorandum of understanding between California and Armenia–as a first step toward the opening of a trade office in Yerevan.

More than 550 reservations have already been made for the 2001 Annual Banquet–and seating is limited. More than two dozen public and elected officials are expected to join guests and attendees for this special occasion. For more information on table sponsorships at the $1,250–$2,500 and $5,000 levels–or individual ticket donations of $125–please contact the ANCA-WR offices at 818.500.1918 or at


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