Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vanessa Kachadurian-Armenian Orphan Telethon

This is a fantastic event going on 11 years, we loop in with our Armenian Radio station in Fresno and raise enough for 2 shippers of toys, educational supplies for the children that are orphaned.

Here is the info, please donate -

The Armenian American Orphans Christmas Fund on Sunday will host its 11th annual telethon to benefit underprivileged youth living in some of the most impoverished regions of Armenia.

The telethon, which will take place from 4 p.m. to midnight, will be broadcast live from the Armenian Media Group of America television studios in Glendale, and aired on Charter Cable channels 380 and 384.

Glendale resident Ovanes Balayan established the Christmas Fund in 1999 in an effort to provide a holiday celebration for thousands of Armenian orphans. Working alone, he managed to raise about $17,000 the first year.

"I do this for my people, especially the kids," Balayan said. "I am thinking of their future. They don't know what is going on with politics in their country."

Since then, the Christmas Fund has grown steadily. In 2009, the fund gained official nonprofit status. Balayan, 80, now works alongside more than 100 volunteers, among them Glendale-area lawyers, doctors and business leaders.

Last year, the telethon netted about $90,000. This year, organizers are expecting 2,000 families and 75 area businesses to make pledges. And dozens of public officials, including Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) have already extended their support.

"Every year, the intention is to make sure we collect at least as much as we collected last year," said volunteer Hovik Gabikian.

The mission and scope of the fund has also expanded. In recent years, money raised in Glendale has helped finance renovations and new construction at schools and orphanages designed to meet the needs of disabled children in the Armenian cities of Spitak and Kharpert.

In 1988, Spitak was the epicenter of a massive earthquake that killed more than 25,000 people, many of them crushed in cheaply constructed apartments and schools. Because of the tensions of the Cold War, the international humanitarian response was muted and the recovery slow.

Balayan visited the region after the disaster, observing the conditions of survivors, many of them children who lost parents and siblings. More than two decades later, there are still people living in shanty towns, he said.

Funds raised during this year's telethon will enable the construction of a dormitory and gym at a school in Spitak, Ovanes said.

Representatives from the Christmas Fund, including Ovanes and other prominent members of the Armenian American community, travel regularly to project sites in Armenia.

Armenian Americans maintain close ties with Armenia, Gabikian said, and have a deep sense of obligation to help whenever possible.

Armenians living and working in the United States often send money overseas to family members and friends. And they traditionally are generous with Armenian charities, especially senior citizens, organizers said.

"It is not the amount that matters as much as the intention," Gabikian said. "There is a sense of being able to participate in doing something for those in need."


  1. BTW, the total to kids to America after Melina is barely 10 kids. ALL are special needs. But hey Armenia has to put them somewhere don't they?
    Italy, France, Germany is doing well getting all those healthy kids. barely 15 and NONE are under the age of 10. Get your facts straight and it is hardly SEVERAL and you don't "KNOW" anything and are not in the "KNOW" about jack.

    My MY someone is very obsessed with all of this, spending a lot of time with trying to discredit others when you have no credibility at all.

    Me thinks someone is upset about not getting their way. Some court systems cannot be bought and paid for.

  2. Still waiting, want the name of the boyfriend in Armenia?

  3. 1 day audience for this post:
    United States 35

    Germany 12

    France 3

    Italy 1

    The United States views is probably 20 from one ISP address in the Potomac. A very obsessed deranged individual who is some kind of vigiliante.

  4. vanes jan, chi hossom

    do not speak back to this sick person, they

    many issues. posting on someone's blog like a

    wild woman. who is this person.


  5. Notice how you never go there about the boyfriend in Armenia. Did you know about it? Does your friend trade stories about the trysts in Armenia? It is the truth I am not making it up, ask your friend.

  6. OK, who is the boyfriend Vanessa? I am not closed to new information...go ahead and share!! I am very interested!!

  7. Ask your friend, everyone in Armenia knows about it. In fact, they even know about it in the Republic of Georgia. That is where I first heard about it.
    There is a lot of information that is censored or not shared to your group. Did you know that the foster parents in a country were arrested by corrupt police that were paid off by an American? Did that one kind of slip by you too?