GLENDALE–The board of directors of Armenia Fund Inc.-West Coast held a press briefing Thursday at the Brandview Collection to unveil its plans for the upcoming telethon–scheduled for Thanksgiving Day–November 23.
Present at the press briefing were Western Primate Arch. Vatche Hovsepian–Armenia’s Consul to Los Angeles Norair Ghoulamian–guests and members of the AFI board of directors.
Following welcoming remarks by AFI chairman Zavan Khandjian–Arch. Hovsepian made remarks urging the community’s participation in the upcoming telethon.
Khanjian–then provided a detailed briefing on the plans for the telethon.
The eleven-hour international broadcast will air live in its entirety in several United States cities–with the first five-hours being telecast in Armenia–Europe–the CIS–the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. All countries will have the opportunity to participate through local fund raising activities and/or toll-free international telephone access. Telethon 2000 will also be broadcast–in real-time–on www.armenianradio.com–providing the opportunity for greater international outreach and participation.
Telethon 2000 will feature the continued construction of the North-South Highway in Karabakh–as well as the construction of four new schools in Armenia’s earthquake zone. Two crucial segmen’s of the North-South Highway are currently under construction with the $5 million raised in 1999. The entire project is estimated to cost $25 million. "We are hoping that the momentum achieved in previous years will continue and even surpass our 1999 results in providing the necessary funds and moral support to realize our objectives in Armenia and Karabakh," said Khanjian–president of AFI.
To illustrate that proceeds from the 1999 telethon are already being used–a poster has been produced showing the areas of the highway which are already under construction. They include a 15-kilometer stretch from Kitchan to Tashboulagh and a 10-kilometer stretch from Karmir Shouka to Drakhtik.
AFI and AFUSA will release broadcast–event–logistic and other information regarding Telethon 2000–as they become available
Armenia Fund–Inc.–a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation–is the West Coast affiliate of the "Hayastan" All Armenian Fund headquartered in Yerevan–Armenia. Over the last four years–the Fund generated over $17 million to help build and complete the Goris-Stepanakert Highway and start the North-South Highway in Nagorno Karabakh.