Hayastan All Armenian Fund Telethon Fund Raises $12 Million

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LOS ANGELES (PanARMENIAN.Net) — The Thanksgiving Day Hayastan All-Armenian Fund telethon raised $12,399,550 in donations and pledges.

The telethon, broadcast all over the US, was also shown in Armenia elsewhere.

In conjunction with the telethon, a phone-a-thon was held November 19 to November 23 in European countries ahead of the telethon. That effort collected $1.6 million in contributions and promised donations.

The phone effort was held under “Talent, Charm and Generosity” slogan this year. Some 750 volunteers from Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, and Lyon reached 60,000 Armenian families in the participating countries to ask for their support. Fashion model and French Red Cross ambassador Adriana Karembeu and Armenian French singer Patrick Fiori called for donations to help implement development projects in the homeland.

The funds raised in the telethon and phone-a-thon will be used to expand and develop Tavush rural projects, to built community centers in Artsakh, to provide support to Syrian Armenians and to complete reconstruction of Vardenis-Martakert 116-kilometer road connecting Armenia with the Nagorno Karabagh Republic.

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With funds raised during the 2013 Telethon, the first phase of the project was kicked off in early 2014 and is slated to be completed by year’s end. To date, crews have performed earthwork and installed all required engineering systems and fittings including drainage grates and pipes, embankments, crash barriers, and retaining walls. Crews have also built or refurbished a total of 17 big and small bridges, including abutments, along the route. Currently sidewalks are being built in sections of the highway that pass through towns and villages.

Last year’s telethon raised $22.661 million, of which $12.35 million was from Russia.

Hayastan All Armenian Fund was established in 1992 for implementation of national projects and development of infrastructures in Armenia and the Nagorno Karabagh Republic. The trustees’ board headed by the Armenian president includes prominent representatives of Armenian communities worldwide.

Over the 21 years of the fund’s existence, projects worth almost $236 million were implemented in Armenia and Karabagh.