What has become an Armenian-American Thanksgiving Day tradition, the Armenia Fund’s International Telethon is going to hit the airwaves for the 18th time on November 26 beginning 10:00 am in the morning and going live for 12 hours, raising funds to provide new, fully furnished single family homes to 211 families in Artsakh who have 5 or more children, but lack adequate housing.
Clockwise from top: Mark Geragos, Paul Chaderjian, Stefani Booroojian, Artak Herikyan, Hrant Tokhatyan, Tatevik Ekezian, Ludwig Manukian, and Hakyaram Nahapetian.
Through a series of fast-paced Telethon videos Armenia Fund will provide a report to more than 200,000 of its donors as well as the general public on the projects implemented as a result of the fundraising campaigns of the previous year as well as present the urgent need to help the parents of 5 or more children in Artsakh by providing them with adequate housing conditions. Music videos featuring a who’s who of Armenia’s and the Diaspora’s singers will provide entertainment keeping the audience glued to their TV screens in more than 20 countries around the world.
Telethon 2015 will feature a wide range of hosts who will tell the story of Armenia Fund as it enters its 24th year of helping the people in rural Armenia and Artsakh by providing homes, schools, kindergartens, hospitals, access roads, community centers, drinking and irrigation water systems, natural gas pipelines and other necessities of life otherwise unavailable to them.
Celebrity super-lawyer Mark Geragos and member of the International Board of Trustees of Hayastan All Armenian Fund (Armenia Fund International) will keep the telephones fired up and ringing off the hook as more than 100 volunteers from Los Angeles based Armenian and public schools will take pledges in the studio.
Veteran of Armenia Fund Telethons, renowned Armenian actor and entertainer, Hrant Tokhatyan will be flying in from Armenia along with Armenia TV’s news anchor and commentator, Artak Herikyan. Broadcast television journalist and producer, Paul Chaderjian, who currently works for Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television and has hosted the fund’s Telethons since its early days will fly in from Doha to join the show and help convey Armenia Fund’s united mission of rebuilding the Homeland.
Armenian Public Television’s Washington bureau chief, political commentator Haykaram Nahapetian will bring his unique perspective on this year’s beneficiary project.
Armenian-American television actor and script writer, Ludwig Manukian, who, like other Telethon hosts, traveled to Armenia and Artsakh extensively over the last years, visiting Armenia Fund’s projects, talking to local residents and witnessing the tremendous positive and definite difference the Telethons make in Armenia.
The who’s who of Armenian television journalists and entertainers will be joined by Fresno’s NBC affiliate, KSEE24 anchor Stefani Booroojian, who traveled to Armenia and Artsakh in April of this year, reporting on the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide as well as the projects of Armenia Fund, so generously funded by the worldwide Armenian Diaspora.
Fresno’s diverse Armenian community will be also represented by Tatevik Ekizian, hostess of numerous Armenian music shows, guiding the audience through the variety of traditional and contemporary Armenian music.
Armenia Fund is grateful to all the hosts for donating their time and talent working tirelessly to bring a definite positive change in the lives of thousands in Armenia and Artsakh.