November 30, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Armen Sahakyan
tel. (917) 428-1918

Tigran Safaryan and Safaryan Family to Sponsor the 10th Annual ANCA-ER Banquet

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region is pleased to announce that Tigran Safaryan and the Safaryan Family of Columbus, OH will be the sponsors of the Tenth Annual ANCA Eastern Region Banquet to take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel.

“We are extremely grateful to all of our supporters who believe in our mission,” noted ANCA-ER Chairman Stephen Mesrobian. “As a grassroots political advocacy organization, the ANCA Eastern Region relies upon our educated, motivated, and activated community to carry the torch of Hai Tahd forward. We are especially thankful to Tigran Safaryan and the Safaryan Family for their commitment to the Armenian Cause and for their generous contribution as the sponsor of this year’s banquet.  Their generosity serves as a model for others to emulate and allows us to continue expanding our community outreach while also undertaking new projects in the coming year.”

Tigran (Ty) Safaryan, who will travel from Columbus, Ohio to be present at the banquet, said “It is an honor for me and my family to support the ANCA-ER: the leading Armenian-American advocacy organization in Eastern U.S.  As Armenian-Americans, we have the utmost responsibility to support Artsakh, Armenia and our Armenian brothers and sisters in the Middle East.  After the recent aggressions instigated by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in April, we have a special responsibility to redouble our efforts and work for justice for the Baku and Sumgait Pogroms, international recognition of Artsakh Republic, holding the Azerbaijan government responsible for its aggressions and war crimes, as well as the other national priorities.”

Mr. Safaryan has been active within his local community, playing an active and leading role in the Ohio Armenian Genocide Centennial commemoration activities, state and federal-level Congressional races, humanitarian assistance for Artsakh Republic, and other local ANC projects and activities.

This year’s December 3rd banquet, sponsored by the ANCA Eastern Region Endowment Fund, will begin with an elegant cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at the prestigious Westin Arlington Gateway located at 801 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, Va. 22203. For details and hotel reservations, call 1-800-937-8461 and reference ANCA.

Entitled “We Are #ArtsakhStrong,” the banquet will focus on the ANCA’s ongoing efforts in support of the status, security, and development of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh/NKR), as Artsakh marks the 25th anniversary of its independence.

Emceed by internationally renowned photojournalist and author Scout Tufankjian,  the 10th annual banquet will include a diverse group of distinguished honorees:

2016 ANCA-ER Freedom Award

President Bako Sahakyan

Senator-elect Christopher Van Hollen, Jr.

Senator Mark Kirk

2016 ANCA-ER Impact Award

Dr. Levon Avdoyan, Library of Congress

Dr. Roger Smith, College of William and Mary

2016 ANCA-ER Vahan Cardashian Award

Mr. John Jerikian, ANCA Advocate

Mr. Levon Palian, ANCA Advocate

Mr. Tom Vartabedian (in memoriam), ANCA Advocate

To make a donation for the banquet, CLICK HERE.

Checks for the donations may be written to ANCA Eastern Region Endowment Fund and mailed to:

ANCA

attn: Eastern Region Banquet

1711 N Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036

For more information, please contact ANCA Eastern Region at ancaer@anca.org or (917) 428-1918.

Use hashtag #ERbanquet and #WeAreArtsakhStrong on social media for the upcoming banquet and follow ANCA Eastern Region on Twitter @ANCA_ER.