Over $12 million raised for Armenia in U.S. and Europe

by Emil Sanamyan

Published: Thursday November 24, 2011

Telethon fundraising tally is announced. ArmeniaFund.org

Washington - About $12.3 million was raised for Armenia Fund in the Thanksgiving Day telethon aired throughout major Armenian American communities and organizes hoped to double that amount following a fundraising gala in Moscow on December 21.

The 14th annual telethon aired on November 25 from Hollywood focused on continuing water supply development projects in Artsakh and Tavush. It was hosted by prominent Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos.

Of the total amount, $1.7 million was raised in Europe, primarily in France, through a phonathon held between November 17 and 20. Michel Drucker, a popular French TV personality and friend of Charles Aznavour, hosted the effort that involved 700 volunteers reaching out to 60,000 families. Over $13 million has been raised through European phonathons in the last twelve years.

Armenia Fund has so far constructed more than 175 miles of water treatment and supply systems across Armenia and Artaskh. Thanks to 2010 contributions, Armenia Fund was able to give 26,880 residents of Artsakh a supply of fresh, clean drinking water in their households.

NKR delegation visiting

Since November 16 President Bako Sahakian and Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan of Artsakh have been visiting with Armenian American community leaders in New York and California.

As in years past, these pre-telethon visits included meetings with leaders of the Armenian Church in the United States, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the three traditional political parties, other activists and individual philanthropists.

Banner year for U.S. fundraising

Last year, $10.2 million was raised through the Armenia Fund's telethon and the phonathon, and $10.6 million was raised at the Moscow gala.

In 2009 the figure for telethon and phonathon pledges was $10.5 million and another $5.3 million was raised in Russia. In 2008 $30 million was pledged at a Yerevan gala - mostly by Russian Armenians as well as Armenia-based businessmen - and another $5 million raised in the telethon and phonathon.

Last time more than $10 million was raised in U.S. was in 2006.

Since its inception the Fund has helped raise more than $200 million for Armenian programs. For more information or to donate visit http://www.armeniafund.org/

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