June 2, 2014 - 10:44 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - ANCA Telethon 2014 rallied unprecedented grassroots support during its 6 hour nationwide broadcast, with tens of thousands of Armenian Americans from the across the U.S. joining in a true show of community power and unity to advance the civic education efforts of the ANCA Endowment.
After a of host of informative segments on the growing Armenian American presence in all segments of civic life, along with a health dose of community commentary and entertainment, over $2 million was raised in support of the educational and grassroots development efforts of the ANCA Endowment
This year's telethon was accompanied by a rush of Social media support with Armenians from around the world turning to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to spread the civic development message of the ANCA Endowment. The "#goANCA" selfie campaign spotlighted community groups, families and individuals - all united around the ANCA's community empowerment initiatives.
Supporters also showed ANCA pride, power and progress at over a dozen private receptions held across the country to ensure the organization has the financial resources it needs to expand key youth development and civic engagement programs. Nowhere was there more enthusiasm for ANCA initiatives than on the various Armenian School campuses, where educators used the ANCA Telethon as a teaching moment to instill the importance for youth civic involvement and community pride from kindergarten to the high school level, the ANCA said in a press release.
The ANCA Endowment Fund supports a broad range of educational, youth, and civic programs that give voice to the views and values of the Armenian American community, strengthening our presence in the American civic arena, and empowering pro-Armenian stakeholders with the information and resources they need to take on the powerful forces aligned against the Armenian nation.
The first three ANCA Endowment Fund telethons, held in 2006, 2009 and 2012, raised over $6.5 million for Armenian American educational, youth, and civic programs. Both programs touched a common emotional chord, speaking directly to the devotion to the Armenian Cause that rests in the hearts of Armenians from across the U.S., regardless of organizational or political affiliations.
Countless organizations, volunteers, churches, community leaders, local ANCAs, performing artists, Members of Congress, and state legislators from across the nation participated in the telethons, contributing to their enormous success. Both telethons featured several documentaries that highlighted various ANCA programs and numerous results the ANCA Endowment has achieved over the years, largely through its volunteer and grassroots network.