SAN DIEGO, Calif.—With a positive spirit of support and activism, a broad and diverse group of Armenian Americans gathered at the home of John and Cynthia Andonian in Rancho Santa Fe, California on Sunday, March 30. The reception was the first in a series of planned gatherings to mark the run-up to the Armenian National Committee of America’s (ANCA) Telethon 2014 that will be aired in most major American cities.
“We are deeply grateful to John and Cynthia Andonian for their brilliant hospitality in hosting a great event in support of the ANCA,” remarked ANCA National Chairman Ken Hachikian. “As a grassroots organization, we depend on distinguished stakeholders, like the Andonian family, to drive our common cause forward. I am grateful for the many generous donors, who live in and around the San Diego area, for making our first ANCA Telethon 2014 gathering a full success,” Hachikian added. The gathering was also attended by ANCA National Board member Raffi Hamparian, ANCA Telethon 2014 Executive Committee member Souzi Zerounian-Khanzadian and longtime ANCA backers from the Los Angeles area, Mher and Sossy Tavidian.
The ANCA Telethon 2014 is a nationwide fundraising campaign designed to empower Armenian Americans, protect Armenia and promote the Armenian Cause throughout the United States. The gathering in San Diego is part of a coordinated and major grassroots effort, featuring community events and a social networking campaign that will lead up to June 1, 2014, when the 6-hour telethon will be aired in major markets across the United States. The ANCA Telethon 2014 will be on air in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, among other major American cities, with full schedule and channel information slated to be released in the coming weeks.
In support of the ANCA Telethon 2014, countless organizations, volunteers, churches, community leaders, performing artists, politicians will be coming together to highlight the successes of the ANCA in advancing the Armenian Cause in Washington, DC and across the United States. The telethon will feature several documentaries focused on the work of the organization and the volunteers whose grassroots efforts have made the ANCA a strong and universally respected voice for the Armenian Cause.