For Immediate Release ~ May 9, 2006
Contact: Sarkis Kotanjian ~ 818-243-6222
|President Kocharian warmly welcomes Mark Geragos as Armenia Fund, Inc.
Chairperson Maria Mehranian and Public Relations Director Sarkis Kotanjian
Yerevan, Armenia â Prominent celebrity attorney and CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos was appointed to the International Board of Trustees of Armenia Fund â the governing body of the worldwide organization. The Board of Trustees, which is chaired by President Robert Kocharian, unanimously approved Geragosâ appointment as a new Trustee to the Board. As a premier organization tasked with crucial nation-building projects in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, Geragos stated, âWhat I like about Armenia Fund is what I call the âecumenical natureâ of the organization, meaning that it brings together Armenian political, cultural organizations, and religious institutions around the world under one mission â to rebuild Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.â
|Mark Geragos during one of his several interviews to the
local Armenian media, accompanied by Sarkis Kotanjian,
Public Relations Director of Armenia Fund, Inc.
In the past three years Geragos has participated in Armenia Fundâs annual Thanksgiving Day Telethons and assisted the organization with its fundraising efforts. "Geragos is a great addition to the International Board of Trustees of Armenia Fund. He brings enormous access and a wide range of resources to our organization to further our nation-building activities in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh," said Maria Mehranian, Chairperson of Armenia Fund, Inc.
During his visit, Geragos had the opportunity to meet with His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All-Armenians. On the sidelines of the Board meeting, Geragos also had a private meeting with President Robert Kocharian. The President warmly welcomed his election to the Board of Trustees and expressed his willingness to work closer with him.
|Sarkis Kotanjian, Mark Geragos, and Maria Mehranian representing
the U.S. Western Region at the Trusteesâ Meeting
Geragos has been quite active within the greater Armenian-American community realm. Recently, along with other Los Angeles based attorneys, Geragos filed a lawsuit against German banks - Deutsche Bank A.G. and Dresdner Bank A.G - regarding heirs of Armenian Genocide survivors that the banks have refused to pay.
Geragosâ clients among others have included Hollywood actress Winona Ryder and pop icon Michael Jackson. A graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Geragos was recently named as one of the most influential attorneys in the country. The Los Angeles Times describes him as âseemingly unbeatableâ. As a Trustee of Armenia Fund, Geragos is certainly going to further rally the financial resources of the Diaspora for infrastructure development projects in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia Fund, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1994 to facilitate large-scale humanitarian and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Armenia Fund, Inc. is the U.S. Western Region affiliate of âHayastanâ All-Armenian Fund. Tax ID# 95-4485698