Armenia Fund Telethon 2009
Armenia Fund’s International Thanksgiving Day Telethon 2009
Thank you for your interest in Armenia Fund’s International Thanksgiving Day Telethon 2009. 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 2009 TV broadcast guide. If you live outside of our broadcast areas, please watch the Telethon webcast by visiting www.armeniafund.org on U.S. Thanksgiving Day.
Ara Aghishian, Esq.
Chairman of the Board, Armenia Fund, U.S. Western Region
Dear Armenia Fund Supporter,
I want to take this opportunity to share with you the excitement and the overwhelming gratitude of the ordinary people I met during my last trip to Armenia’s and Artsakh’s remote villages. These were simple villagers who witnessed a positive impact on their lives made possible by your generous contributions to Armenia Fund. I saw villager’s homes with clean, round the clock running water – something unheard of for decades. I saw children who were forced to take classes in make-shift shelters they called “school” because their real schools were destroyed during the war. Now these children have new schools filled with every supply they might need. I talked to farmers, who for the first time had an opportunity to cultivate their lands using the water that Armenia Fund brought to them through irrigation canals. These lands laid dry for two decades without a single harvest… We talked to people whose lives were saved thanks to the ambulances that were purchased and hospitals that were built with your contributions.
Time and time again people that I met in Armenia asked me to tell their brothers and sisters in the Diaspora: “GOD BLESS YOU!”
Today, as never before, I call on you to help us collectively address another issue critically important to the well being of our nation – the rebuilding of Shushi. Besides being the cradle of Armenian culture and arts, Shushi is a town that symbolizes the turning point in our modern history. After centuries of losing lands and crumbling under the yoke of oppressive nations, on May 9, 1992 we had a victory which lifted the spirit of an entire Armenian nation and inspired our soldiers to win truly heroic battles, thanks to which today we have a free Artsakh.
However Freedom Was Not Free. The price of Artsakh’s freedom was more than 10,000 Armenian sons and daughters who gave the most precious possession – their lives… Our heroes gave their lives knowingly and without hesitation – so that today we have a Homeland called Armenia…
Please remember them as you watch the Telethon this Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009.
It is up to each and every one of us to ensure that Artsakh remains free and its borders secure.
Your donation of ONE DOLLAR A DAY will ensure that collectively we remove Shushi’s ruins – reminders of the brutal war – and replace them with new schools, hospitals, kindergartens and residential buildings so that the streets of OUR SHUSHI are once again filled with children’s laughter…
Ara Aghishian, Esq.
Chairman of the Board
United Appeal of the Largest Armenian Organizations of the Western United States
ACTING in the spirit of pan-Armenian unity,
CONSIDERING prosperity of Armenia and Artsakh as an undisputed priority for the Armenian Diaspora and
RECOGNIZING the remarkable achievements of Armenia Fund (“Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund), an institution, which for the past 17 years has united all major Diaspora-based Armenian organizations around the world under the mission of providing large-scale infrastructure development and humanitarian assistance to the Homeland,
We, the undersigned
REAFFIRM our unequivocal support to the mission and goals of Armenia Fund and
CALL on each and every Armenian-American to bring his or her generous participation in the upcoming Armenia Fund International Thanksgiving Day Telethon to air live on Thursday, November 26, 2009, dedicated to the rehabilitation of an iconic cradle of Armenian culture and arts, the heroic town of Shushi that was severely damaged in the course of the Artsakh Liberation War.
It is up to each and every Armenian to ensure the prosperity of our Homeland and security of its borders.
October 19, 2009
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Archbishop Hovnan Derderian
Primate of the Western Diocese of the
Armenian Apostolic Church of America
Reverend Joseph Matossian
Minister to the Armenian Evangelical
Union of North America
Chairman, Social Democratic
Hunchakian Party of Western USA
Chairman, Armenian Revolutionary
Federation, Western U.S. Central Committee
Chair, Armenian Relief Society of
Western USA, Inc.
Father Antoine Saroyan
Armenian Catholic Eparchy
of U.S. and Canada
Mr. Hagop Nazarian
Chairman, Armenian Democratic Liberal
(Ramgavar) Party, U.S. Western Region
Mr. Berj Shahbazian
Chairman, AGBU Southern California
Mr. Al Cabraloff
Southern California Regional Council
Armenian Assembly of America
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When you give money to ArmeniaFund, you become an important and life-changing member of the ArmeniaFund community. You directly effect the people and the future of Armenia. From building roads to building schools, together we can rebuild, refurbish and revitalize our motherland.