September 26, 2005
ARMENIA FUND USA’S FUNDRAISING TELETHON, A THANKSGIVING TRADITION
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA, East Coast Affiliate of
Hayastan Himnadram, is pleased to announce the date of Telethon
2005, an annual event that has turned into a tradition for the
Armenia Fund and all of its international affiliates as well as
among the Armenian community across the United States. On Thanksgiving
Day, the 24th of November 2005, the Armenians worldwide will be
able to follow and directly contribute through the annual telethon
in order to raise funds for Rebirth of Artsakh, a three-year,
three-phase major Regional Development Program for Karabakh. For
many Armenians in the United States, Thanksgiving Day would not
be complete without the opportunity to join Armenians around the
world in participating in this uplifting and exciting event right
from their living rooms!
Since 1996, when the Telethon event was first organized, it has
moved many; including major donors and contributors who have supported
the Fund and made most of its projects come into reality. Millions
of dollars have been raised, and thousands of lives have been
changed. And now this year, we have the chance to once again share
from our “bounty” on Thanksgiving in order to improve the people’s
lives and create a brighter future for Armenia and Karabakh.
The Regional Development Program will entail the building of
schools, housing, clinics, drinking water, schemes, access roads
and an agricultural initiative for three major regions of Karabakh,
starting with the Mardakert region. Armenia Fund USA will spearhead
the Agricultural Initiative component of the Regional Development
Program, a strategic initiative aimed at providing long term sustainable
economic development for the region. This year’s Telethon will
raise funds for the Agricultural Initiative for the Mardakert
region requiring $2.5 million funding serving the region’s 20,000
population. The funding will go towards establishing six Agricultural
Development Associations (ADA’s) in the Mardakert region for creating
economic hubs for converting groups of subsistence farmers into
production units for field crops, swine and cattle production.
Armenia Fund USA welcomes the opportunity the annual Telethon
provides as a great way of communicating to our donors – past
and present- about differences they have made as we share the
success stories made possible by their generosity.
More than this, the name of every donor, regardless of the size
of the contribution, will be displayed on the screen. Telethon
2005 will also report the results of the Fund’s Phonathon that
is scheduled to take place the week before Thanksgiving Day.
Nagorno-Karabakh, a war-torn region that has gone through hardships
of conflict, political secession and economic collapse, is in
urgent need of a multifaceted economic recovery program. Agricultural
infrastructure support is a critical point to begin. This is why
Armenia Fund USA invites our donors to join us by supporting this
major fundraising campaign in order to reach out to men, women
and children of all ages and help them reclaim the land that has
taken the lives of so many of their young people to liberate.
Telethon 2005 will be another way of delivering the Fund’s message
to the world - every dollar raised during the event will go towards
healing the wounds of the proud and determined people of Karabakh.
Join us in this joyous event and help make a difference!
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: ARMENIA
FUND USA, founded in 1992, was the first of Hayastan All-Armenian
Fund’s 19 international affiliates and serves constituents
in all states east of the Mississippi. As a non-profit, non-governmental,
nonsectarian organization, the Fund represents all Armenian constituents.
Armenia Fund USA is the largest contributor among the 19 international affiliates – supporting strategic infrastructure projects in Armenia
and Karabakh, and having helped build 138 miles of roads, 100
miles of waterways, 36 schools, 3 electric transmission networks,
210 residential buildings and 15 healthcare institutions.
Armenia Fund USA’s Mission is the development of strategic
socio-economic infrastructure in Armenia and Karabakh, focusing
on major projects such as major highways, schools, drinking water
to communities and humanitarian programs in education, training
and medical facilities. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond
Bricks and Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
To learn more about Armenia Fund USA, please visit
our website at
or call us at 212-689-5307.
Armenia Fund USA
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 301
New York, NY 10038