NEW YORK–An energetic crowd of 375 gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria on Saturday as the Armenian National Committee-Eastern Region held its first annual Eastern Region Banquet.
The affair featured the presentation of ANC-ER’s "Freedom Award" to former US Ambassador John Evans for his commitment to truth and justice, especially pertaining to the Armenian Genocide. Evans also delivered the keynote address, commenting on Armenian political affairs and in particular his own experiences surrounding his public commen’s in 2006 acknowledging the Genocide. Soon after making those commen’s, Evans was forced to resign from his positions–both as US Ambassador to Armenia and from the US diplomatic corps.
During the evening, the ANC-ER also honored one of its own, Vahe Amirian of New Jersey, for his longstanding activism and devotion to the Armenian Cause. Amirian was cited especially for his volunteer activities during the ANC-ER’s formative years in the 1950s and ’60s.
The evening also featured an informative video presentation, depicting 2007 ANC activities throughout the Eastern US. Prior to the program, a Silent Auction netted nearly $20,000 for ANC activities. Overall the ANC Endowment Fund received more than $125,000 in donations and pledges from various supporters.