NEW YORK, NY- With two weeks to go, the Armenian National Committee of America, Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) reports that plans are in full swing for its First Annual Regional Banquet, to take place on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
The event’s theme-‘Building the Foundation for a Secure Future’– will highlight the organization’s accomplishments and current activities. The evening will also include an awards portion featuring US Ambassador John Evans, who will receive the ANCA-ER Freedom Award. Given to those showing extraordinary courage and devotion to freedom and justice, the Freedom Award is especially suited to John Evans, who was prematurely recalled from his post as US Ambassador to Armenia because of his remarks in 2005 openly acknowledging the Armenian Genocide.
Amirian to receive Vahan Cardashian Award
The awards portion will also include the first-ever ‘Vahan Cardashian’ award, given to an ANC member demonstrating longstanding activism and accomplishments on behalf of the Armenian Cause. The 2007 honoree will be Vahe Amirian of New Jersey. Born in Egypt, Vahe came to the US in the 1950s, and immediately became an active member of the “American Committee for the Independence of Armenia” (ACIA), the forerunner of the ANCA. He became co-editor of the ACIA’s “Hye Echoes” radio program, working under Beglar Navasardian, and later became a leader of early ANC efforts. Starting with the 50th anniversary commemorations of the Armenian Genocide in 1965, and through the 1970s and ’80s, Vahe was at the forefront of efforts to place the Armenian Cause in a wider political field, embracing governmental lobbying, public awareness, and mobilizing community members toward increased activism. In the process, he mentored a generation of younger activists who today are at the forefront of Armenian political activism.
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As previously announced, the banquet will be the centerpiece of a full day of activities, featuring forums and break-out session including ANCA activists and supporters from around the region. To date, nearly 250 friends and supporters have confirmed their attendance, with organizers expecting a capacity crowd by Sept. 22.
For more information and reservations, please contact the ANCA at email@example.com or by calling 917-428-1918.
The Armenian National Committee of America is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots political organization. Working through a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the US and around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a broad range of issues.