Armenia Fund’s International Thanksgiving Day Telethon 2010

Thank you for your interest in Armenia Fund’s International Thanksgiving Day Telethon 2010. Having become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for Armenians around the world, the Telethon will air from Los Angeles and be broadcast from coast to coast and internationally. Please scroll down to see the Telethon 2010 TV broadcast guide. If you live outside of our broadcast areas, please watch the Telethon webcast by visiting on U.S. Thanksgiving Day.

Text ARMENIA to 50555 and Donate $10 Through Your Cell Phone

Los Angeles, CA – Armenia Fund is proud to announce that beginning today, it began accepting donations through cell phone text messages on the entire territory of the United States on all mobile carriers. The procedure is simple and fun: text message the word ARMENIA to 50555, confirm with a YES and $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill benefiting Armenia Fund’s Telethon 2010, Water is Life!

“We took the 2009 text message pilot project of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in Armenia and adapted it to the U.S. cell phone environment. Donating through text message is very easy and takes seconds. We text our friends and family more than a dozen times each day – an average person in the United States sends 534 text messages per month. I think each of us can afford text messaging ARMENIA to 50555 at least once to help provide clean drinking water to the people of Armenia. Don’t wait for the Telethon – text today – remember, H2O IS LIFE!”, said Sarkis Kotanjian, Executive Director of Armenia Fund, U.S. Western Region.

Raising funds for drinking water and irrigation projects in Artsakh, Armenia Fund’s International Thanksgiving Day Telethon 2010 will air live from Hollywood on November 25, 8:00AM-8:00PM PST coast-to-coast and around the world. Airing for 12 hours, Telethon 2010 will reach every continent, entering Armenian homes through satellite, cable and the internet.

In the United States alone the potential audience for the Telethon is around 55 million households in the states of Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

In Southern California, the Telethon can be seen on KSCI Channel 18, KVMD, ARTN/Shant and USArmenia networks for full 12 hours. In the Glendale/Burbank/Pasadena/La Canada areas the Telethon broadcast will be shown also on AABC, HighVision and Horizon Armenian TV channels. The live 12 hour webcast can be viewed at

The General Sponsor of Telethon 2010 is VivaCell MTS and the Los Angeles Major Partner is Karoun Dairies USA.

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Chairperson’s Message

Dear Armenia Fund Supporter,

As it has already become a joyful tradition, every Thanksgiving Day, Armenians around the world — living in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Australia, Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Artsakh come together to participate in internationally televised Telethons raising funds for their Homeland, Armenia.

Through these Telethons, so far we raised more than $250 million that translated into tangible results – new schools, hospitals, cultural centers, water distribution networks, irrigation systems, agricultural equipment and technology, ambulances and roads. Things that you can see and touch and will keep bringing a positive change into peoples’ lives for decades to come.

On November 25, 2010, we will be coming together once again to raise funds for drinking and irrigation water projects in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh).

Shortage of water is a serious problem in Artsakh affecting more than 70,000 people living in 200 villages.

On average, each family spends 40% of their daily lives carrying water from a source 2-5 miles away. That water is not always clean – 88% of all diseases are related to tainted drinking water. Moreover, 100,000 acres of agricultural lands are dry and people are unable to grow crops and have incomes.

Water is the driving force behind agriculture. Our pilot projects in the Tavush region of Armenia have proven that every $1 invested in improved water access yields an average of $12 in economic returns.

Remember, WATER IS LIFE!

I call on you today to help us bring life to our brothers and sisters in Armenia.

Our water projects are simple. They are gravity based and no electricity is needed to transport water. This is how they work:

Mountain spring sources are identified on the hills near a village. A collection reservoir and filtration station is built at each source. Water pipelines bring water from each source downhill to a second reservoir, filtration and pressure control station in the village. An internal water distribution pipeline network is built throughout the village, bringing fresh round-the-clock supply of clean drinking and irrigation water to every household in the village.

Please make a secure online donation by clicking here. Please keep in mind that a donation of ONE DOLLAR A DAY – $365 – will provide one Artsakh family with a year’s supply of clean drinking water.

I thank you in advance for your generosity and care towards OUR HOME, ARMENIA!


Ara Aghishian, Esq.
Chairman of the Board
Armenia Fund, U.S. Western Region

Armenia Fund’s financials and construction quality is audited by Grant Thornton. Our overhead is 7% and pledge collection rate is 95%. The cost of the Telethon 2010 production is underwritten by our corporate sponsors in Armenia and United States.

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