September 16, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Armen Sahakyan
tel. (818) 500-1918

ANCA Western Region Cancels 2021 Gala Banquet Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, the ANCA Western Region Board of Directors has decided to cancel its 2021 Annual Gala Banquet which was scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 14 at the iconic Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The organization plans to hold its next gala banquet in 2022 and will make an announcement once the date is confirmed.

“Given the volatile situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the tough decision to cancel our Gala for the second year in a row. As a grassroots advocacy organization, the safety and wellbeing of our community are of paramount importance to us,” remarked ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian, Esq. “Nevertheless, our work now is more important than ever with all the existential challenges facing Armenia and Artsakh. The persistent and passionate work of our Board, Staff, committees and chapters has never stopped despite all the challenges of the past year, and we are committed to our ongoing mission now more than ever. Even though we cannot come together in-person to chart our collective next steps, we call on our community members, supporters and donors to redouble efforts in furtherance of the Armenian Cause and in defense of our Homeland, especially at this critical time.”

The ANCA-WR Gala is eagerly anticipated each year as the premier event for the Armenian-American community, where over a thousand supporters, community leaders, public officials, and coalition partners come together to acknowledge and encourage the work of the organization and to pay homage to honorees whose contribution to the Armenian Cause is recognized each year. As the largest event of its kind, the annual ANCA-WR Gala serves as a catalyst to unify the community around the Armenian Cause in all its facets, highlighting the many accomplishments of the most effective and well-organized grassroots advocacy organization in the Armenian Diaspora.

The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region is the largest and most influential nonpartisan Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues in pursuit of the Armenian Cause.