On behalf of all of us at FLArmenians.com, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving. If you’re in a televised viewing area, we encourage you to watch and donate to the Armenia Fund’s 22nd Annual International Thanksgiving Telethon! And if you’re not in a viewing area, don’t worry, it will be LIVE STREAMED on the internet.
The 2019 Armenia Fund Telethon carries the theme “To my lovely Armenia: life-giving water and sun for communities.”
With your generous support this year, you will make it possible to bring drinking water to villages that remain deprived of this most crucial resource. Your donation will also make thousands of acres of land available for agriculture, by bringing irrigation water to hard-working farmers. As importantly, your donation will help Armenia and Artsakh become energy-independent, by expanding solar-power projects throughout both republics.
Armenia Fund USA, based in Los Angeles, CA will carry out these projects through its implementing partner in Armenia, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund — with strict adherence to our abiding values of transparency, accountability, and absolute commitment to project quality and delivery.
Please consider making a donation today at www.armeniafund.org/donate.
Taniel Koushakjian and Arsine Kaloustian
Having become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for Armenians around the world, the Telethon will Livestream Online from Los Angeles and air coast to coast and internationally.
Armenia Fund will host the 22nd International Thanksgiving Day Telethon on November 28, 2019 from 10am to 8pm PST.
WASHINGTON, DC – In February, Florida Armenians Editor Taniel Koushakjian travelled to the nation’s capital for a series of meetings with government officials, NGO’s, and policy makers. During his time, he met with Armenia’s new Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Varuzhan Nersesyan, and welcomed him back to the United States in his new capacity. They discussed a series of issues of concern to the Armenian American community.
Koushakjian conveyed the congratulations of several thousand Armenian Americans in Florida who cheered the democratic movement of the citizens of Armenia and the peaceful transition of power that swept across Armenia in 2018. He also invited Ambassador Nersesyan to visit the Sunshine State in 2020.
Ambassador Nersesyan is no stranger to Washington, DC. From April 2008 to December 2012, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to the United States.
Nersesyan is the first Armenian Ambassador to the U.S. under Armenian President Nikol Pashinyan. He presented his credentials to the President of the United States Donald J. Trump in a ceremony in the Oval Office on January 11, 2019. During a brief conversation, President Trump and Ambassador Nersesyan highlighted the steps towards expanding the US-Armenia bilateral relationship in several areas. The interlocutors emphasized the role of the Armenian American community in enhancing the friendship between the two nations.
By Frank Avakian Stoneson
FLArmenians Naples Reporter
NAPLES, FL – The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida held its annual ‘Men’s Basterma Breakfast’ on February 15. Over 25 attendees were hosted by Nancy Kazarian and Dolly Matoian at the Kazarian home in Naples, FL.
This year’s gathering raised $2,400, with all proceeds going to support five soup kitchens in Armenia, sponsored by the Fund for Armenian Relief, that aid the elderly and disadvantaged.