June 24, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
tel. (202) 775-1918 / (703) 585-8254 cell

ANCA’S ARMENIAN CAUSE 2.0 CONFERENCE KICKS OFF TO CAPACITY CROWD

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WASHINGTON, DC – Armenian Americans from across the United States began arriving in Washington, DC TODAY for the Armenian National Committee of America’s Armenian Cause 2.0 conference, which brings together veteran and youth activists who will explore the future of social networks, grassroots power, and smart advocacy for the Armenian Cause. Due to overwhelming community response, the conference has sold out.

“We are pleased by both the remarkable quality and really unprecedented quantity of participants in our national conference,” said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. “We look forward to a weekend marked by interactive presentations, great networking opportunities, and a robust and constructive exchange of ideas and insights about the future of our community and our cause.”

Conference participants began registering at the L’Enfant Plaza on the afternoon on Friday, June 24th, in preparation for two kick off receptions at the ANCA headquarters and the famed W Hotel, located across the street from the White House. Early arrivals began a series of meetings on Capitol Hill, with constituents discussing pending Armenian Genocide legislation, the current situation in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh and a recently introduced resolution, which calls on Turkey to return Christian Churches.

Saturday morning will kick off with a series of presentations and interactive sessions focusing on strengthening Armenian American advocacy in the age of social networks, broadening the grassroots reach of our community engagement efforts, and developing sharper and more effective smart advocacy means of impacting public policy. The conference’s educational programs will be complemented by social and networking opportunities, such as a private tour of the home of Woodrow Wilson and a dinner reception at the Armenian Embassy hosted by Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States, Tatoul Markarian.

For updates on the conference, visit the ANCA Facebook page: facebook.com/ancagrassroots.

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Photo #1: Conference participants register for Armenian Cause 2.0

Photo #2: A scene from the kick-off reception at the W hotel featuring ANCA National Board Member George Aghjayan, Ms. Sue Aramian, Mr. Tom Ragan, Mrs. Margaret Aramian Ragan and ANCA Board Member Raffi Hamparian.