WATERTOWN, Mass.—On Sat., Dec. 1, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Eastern Region Endowment Fund will host the 6thAnnual ANCA-ER Banquet at the Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah, N.J. The banquet will begin with an elegant cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
The ANCA-ER will honor Baroness Caroline Cox with the ANCA Freedom Award, given for outstanding contributions toward the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and for pursuing other issues of importance to the Armenian-American community.
Since 2007, the ANCA Freedom Award has been presented to former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John M. Evans, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Samantha Power, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), former U. S. Senator Robert Dole (R-Kan.), and former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).
The Vahan Cardashian Award will be presented to Prof. Richard Hovannisian. It is given to an Armenian American activist who has exemplified the ideals and dedication of the founder of the Hai Tahd movement.
Recipients of the ANCA Vahan Cardashian Award have been Vahe Amirian of New Jersey, Martha Aramian of Rhode Island, Bedros Bandazian of Virginia, Melanie Kerneklian of Virginia, Tatul Sonentz-Papazian of Massachusetts, Ruth Thomasian of Massachusetts, and Stephen Dulgarian of Massachusetts.
The Banquet Committee will prepare for a weekend of honoring the past and looking to the future for the ANCA Eastern Region. A Friday evening social activity, along with events on Sunday, will add to the allure of the largest annual fundraising event for the ANCA Eastern Region.
Banquet chair Karine Shnorhokian and co-chair Nicole Alashaian, both active members of the New Jersey Armenian-American community and members of the ANC of New Jersey, are working diligently to ensure the success of this annual fundraising event. “This is a fantastic event that truly showcases the activities and support throughout the Eastern Region. We are looking forward to a spectacular turnout on Dec. 1,” said Shnorhokian.
In the coming weeks, additional information will be posted at www.erbanquet.org. For more information, call Karine Shnorhokian at (201) 788-5425. Hotel accommodations are available by calling (201) 529-1660; be sure to mention the ANCA for a rate of $109.
The ANCA Eastern Region Endowment Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization that supports the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region in outreach to Armenian American communities.