Mark Geragos to Introduce David Krikorian at ANCA Eastern Region Banquet

NEW YORK—Prominent Armenian American defense attorney Mark Geragos will introduce David Krikorian at the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Eastern Region Banquet on Sat., Oct. 3.

The third annual banquet is being hosted by the Armenian Cultural Association of America (ACAA) and will be held at Espace in New York City. The ANCA Freedom Award will be presented to Senator Robert Menendez, and the ANCA Vahan Cardashian Award will be presented to Bedros Bandazian and Melanie Kerneklian.

The former U.S. ambassador to Armenia, John M. Evans, the 2007 ANCA Freedom Award honoree, will also be in attendance.

Geragos, known for his numerous appearances on Larry King Live and other television programs, is a nationally recognized leader in the legal community. His office handles some of the highest profile cases in California and the United States, including defending

prominent figures in politics, entertainment, and business. Most notably, Geragos is currently involved in a case representing the banquet’s master of ceremonies, David Krikorian, who is fighting a complaint brought by Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio.

Every year, close to 400 Armenian American community members and leaders join prominent Members of Congress, statewide officials, and state legislators for the ANCA Eastern Region Banquet. The 2009 banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, with the formal program beginning at 8 p.m. For more information about the banquet, call Nairee Hagopian at (312) 615-7698. To purchase tickets or to make a secure online contribution, visit

Established in 1969, the ACAA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists and supports impoverished people of Armenian origin; welfare institutions that aid those of Armenian origin; and educational and charitable organizations that encourage and develop the Armenian cultural heritage. The ACAA also aids students, authors, artists,
and researchers who are pursuing intellectual efforts in Armenian culture and education, and publishes educational, scientific, and literary books that raise the educational, cultural, and intellectual standards of the community. The ACAA sponsors projects both in the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora. It also serves as a repository of historic Armenian national documents and archives.

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