GLENDALESupporters and friends of the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) gathered on September 29 at the home of Hovig and Aida Dimejian for the organization’s traditional Banquet Kickoff Party. Community leaders, organizational representatives, activists and benefactors were among over 100 people in attendance. "This year’s ANCA-WR Annual Banquet promises to be another sell out event," commented Aida Dimejian, Chairwoman of the Banquet Committee and a member of the ANCA-WR Board of Directors. "The attendees will witness, first hand, all of the remarkable accomplishmen’s our organization achieves for the benefit of our community," the chairwoman added. Mr. and Mrs. Dimejian, who graciously hosted the event, welcomed guests to their home and thanked those in attendance. Top donors at the banquet kick-off event included philanthropists and long-time ANCA-WR supporters, who pledged to sponsor tables at the Annual Banquet. Attendees were also updated on the details of the annual gala, which will be held on November 12, 2006 at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown, Los Angeles. ANCA-WR Chairman Steven Dadaian announced that Bob Collins, Chief Instructional Officer for Secondary Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District will be this year’s recipient for the Man of the Year Award. This prestigious award is granted to individuals who have made remarkable contributions in advancing the concerns of Armenian Americans and the community as a whole. The ANCA-WR will honor Collins for his leading role in implementing the Armenian Genocide curriculum in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His efforts in bringing a full and accurate human rights education to the almost one million students in the Los Angeles Unified School District distinguish him as a community leader. "Bob Collins is an exceptional educational leader," commented Dimejian. "His bold steps are allowing hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans to learn about the Armenian Genocide and why crimes against humanity represent a grave danger to us all." Due to limited space, the event is expected to sell-out shortly. Those interested in attending the banquet may contact the ANCA-WR office at (818) 500-1918 to reserve a table or individuals tickets. The ANCA is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a broad range of issues.