HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.–Friends and supporters of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Illinois gathered on Sun., March 11 at a fundraiser for Congressman Robert Dold (10thDistrict, R), an Armenian community champion in Congress. The event was hosted by Oscar Tatosian and took place at Oscar Isberian Rugs, in Highland Park. An opportunity to show support and give thanks to the Congressman, the evening was widely attended by members of the Chicagoland Armenian community.
Dold is a primary co-sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution and an initial co-sponsor of the Return of the Churches Resolution. “Congressman Dold has been a strong advocate of issues important to Armenian Americans since his election to office in 2010,” said Aline DerAlexanian-Barsoumian, chairperson of the ANC-IL. “In only the first year of his freshman term, Congressman Dold proved to be a compassionate crusader for human rights and an advocate for justice.”
The program continued with Ken Hachikian, ANCA national chairperson, who gave an update on the organization’s endeavors and emphasized the importance of financially supporting elected officials who, like Dold, have shown such great support for Armenian issues. Hachikian then introduced the Congressman, who addressed the crowd on topics ranging from Iran, Syria, and the Armenian Genocide Resolution. He even reported on Sen. Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.) progress since his stroke this past January.
Attendees also had the honor to meet the Congressman’s wife, Danielle Dold, and his parents, Robert and Judy Dold. Congressman Dold’s concern for his constituents and issues of importance was evident with the time he spent talking to attendees and addressing their questions.