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For Immediate Release
December 12, 2006



NEW YORK, New York – The 9th International Armenia Fund Telethon which raised more than $13.7 million to benefit Hadrut region of Karabakh, would not have been a success if not the dedication and commitment of Armenian-American communities across the United States.

Detroit, L to R: Edmond Azadian, Ovsep Sarafian, President Ghoukasian, Mrs. Ghoukasian, Nadya Sarafian

Detroit, L to R: Edmond Azadian, Ovsep Sarafian, President Ghoukasian, Mrs. Ghoukasian, Nadya Sarafian

On November 11-12, 2006, as part of their traditional drive for the Thanksgiving Telethon, Boston and Detroit supporters of Armenia Fund USA welcomed Nagorno-Karabakh President Arkady Ghoukassian who was visiting the United States in connection with the Telethon. A champagne brunch was held by the Detroit community on November 12, 2006 at II Posto Restaurante in Detroit. The brunch was attended by many prominent community leaders and supporters of the Fund, among them Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) and his wife Sandie. Welcoming the President, Congressman Knollenberg gave a short briefing on current legislative issues affecting Armenia, while Mr. Ghoukassian then took a moment and thanked the Congressman for his work on behalf of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Among the metro Detroit committee were Chairman Edgar Hagopian, Armenian Congregational Church, David Terzibashian, St. John’s Armenian Church & St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Ross Baghdassarian, St. Vartan Armenian Catholic Church, Sako Karjian, Armenian Assembly of America, Shirley Ann Sarkisian, Armenian National Committee, Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Narses Gedigian, Knight of Vartan, Edward Bedikian, Armenian Relief Society, Shakeh Basmajian, Armenian Renaissance Association, Linda Lutz, Detroit Armenian Women’s Club, Helen Movsesian, Tekeyan Cultural Association, and Edmond Azadian, Armenian Democratic League. The transportation for the event was provided by Simon Javizian.

Boston, L to R: Raffi and Nina Festekjian, Mrs. Ghoukassian, President Ghoukassian, Nicole and Jean-Jacques Hajjar

Boston, L to R: Raffi and Nina Festekjian, Mrs. Ghoukassian, President Ghoukassian, Nicole and Jean-Jacques Hajjar

Hosted in the residence of Nicole and Jean-Jacques Hajjar, the Boston reception drew Armenia Fund USA’s supporters and friends from the greater Boston Armenian community. Guests welcomed the President with their Armenian sense of hospitality expressing firm support for the Fund’s mission. Accompanied by his wife Mrs. Ghoukassian, the President met with donors and friends of Armenia Fund USA answering individual questions and concerns regarding the current peace process of the Karabakh conflict. The President rallied support for the Thanksgiving Telethon and delivered an uplifting speech about why it is important to help Karabakh stand on its feet at this important crossroad of nation-building. Highlighting that the toughest battle remains the one in the economic field, Mr. Ghoukassian urged everyone to be part of the Telethon drive, to learn more and participate in the long-standing effort to build and revitalize impoverished villages of Karabakh.

Detroit, L to R: Congressman Joe Knollenberg, President Ghoukasian, Edgar Hagopian

Detroit, L to R: Congressman Joe Knollenberg, President Ghoukasian, Edgar Hagopian

This year’s Thanksgiving Telethon raised funds for the implementation of the Regional Development Program in the Hadrut region of Karabakh. Armenia Fund USA, with its international affiliates, has adopted an integrated approach to economically revitalize the war-torn villages. The initiative focuses on sustainability and continuity of development, combining local expertise and need assessment of rural communities. The project encompasses all key aspects of socio-economic development – access to education, proper healthcare, and clean water, as well as sustainable infrastructure to support irrigation water systems, roads and agricultural development.

Armenia Fund has had a strong and measurable impact on the development of Karabakh and Armenia since independence. The organization remains the largest contributor to socio-economic infrastructure projects there since 1992, having invested more than $150 million in large-scale infrastructure.

Armenia Fund USA continues accepting Telethon donations through its secure on-line donation site.

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.

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