(Washington–DC)–Armenian Communities and organizations across the United States are uniting in overwhelming support of the May 21st Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Telethon. In the last several weeks–individual communities have mobilized to build support for the Telethon including early community-level local fundraising initiatives. With less than a week before the Telethon air date–there is a groundswell of widespread interest across the entire spectrum of community organizations coming together with a united purpose of supporting the Armenian Cause–"Hai Tad." With this in mind–representatives of various communities and organizations are planning on appearing live during the Telethon to show their moral and financial support. The Telethon will be on May 21 from 3-9 PM Pacific Time (6 PM-Midnight Eastern Time) and will be broadcast nationally on i Network (formerly known as the PAX network which can be viewed on local cable systems); Horizon TV–which is carried on cable and the DISH satellite network; and will be web cast on www.anca.org. Viewers can go to the Telethon page of the ANCA website (www.anca.org) where they will find a station locator by entering their zip code to obtain local channel details.
"Representatives from communities throughout the United States will be traveling to Los Angeles to participate in the Telethon live," said Raffi Hamparian–member of the ANCA National Board and Telethon Organizing Committee. "The Telethon has touched a common emotion and desire in people to support the Armenian Cause in all the different parts of our communities–regardless of organizational affiliations or politics. It is worthwhile to note this very positive development because ‘Hai Tad’ is a calling that should be awakened in every Armenian. As the Telethon will demonstrate–we all have an important and critical role to play."
Representatives from ANCs–community organizations–churches and performing artists from across the nation are scheduled to appear during the Telethon in addition to an unprecedented number of public officials including mayors and representatives from city and state governmen’s; dozens of members of Congress and the Congressional Armenian Caucus; and leaders from the Republic of Armenia. Representatives of ANCA chapters around the nation will show the tangible results of their grassroots advocacy and activism during the broadcast with in-depth documentaries about the many activities on Armenian issues in every community.
"We are eager to share the progress we are making in Pennsylvania on key issues of importance to the Armenian community and that’s why I’ll be making the trip to Los Angeles for the Telethon," said Dr. Ara Chalian–Co-Chair of the ANC of Pennsylvania. "The surge in interest and activism demonstrates we’re on the right track and when we put the additional financial resources behind our volunteer work of our grassroots network we will see even greater results. That’s what makes this Telethon so critical to our united future."
To make a donation in advance of the May 21st ANCA Telethon or find out channel information–call 1-866-402-2622 (ANCA) or go to www.anca.org and click on the Telethon logo to make a donation online.