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.