August 23, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Haig Hovsepian
tel: (818) 500-1918

United States Senators Serve as Honorary Chairs
for ANC-WR Annual Banquet

Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian National Committee – Western Region (ANC-WR) is proud to report that United States Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer will be serving as Honorary Chairs for the ANC-WR 23rd Annual Banquet. The ANC-WR’s Annual Banquet will be held on September 30, 2007, at the Universal Sheraton in Los Angeles. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction, with the formal program commencing at 7:00 p.m. Organizers of this event expect that it will be sold out well before September 30th.

“I applaud the ANC-WR and their unyielding efforts to serve the needs of the Armenian-American community,” stated Senator Dianne Feinstein. In a separate statement issued by Senator Barbara Boxer, she shared that “I am pleased [to] serve as [an] Honorary Chair of the ANC-WR’s Annual Banquet. I am proud to represent many Armenian Americans in California and look forward to continuing to work with all of my friends at the ANC-WR.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein has cosponsored several pieces of important human rights legislation in the 110th Congress. She has been an ardent supporter of resolutions marking the Armenian Genocide and bills to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur. In a recent address, Feinstein stated, “The Armenian National Committee has provided an invaluable service to the Armenian American community by working tirelessly to promote widespread understanding of the Armenian heritage. Their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, one of the defining events in Armenian history, have effectively promoted the universal ideals of tolerance and humanity in the US and abroad. By representing the interests of Armenian Americas to US policymakers and in other forums, the ANC has remained steadfast in its commitment to the community, its culture, and value.”

Senator Barbara Boxer has been a strong supporter of the Armenian American community over the course of her long and distinguished career. Senator Boxer has also spoken repeatedly on the Senate floor in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide as well as signing a letter to President Bush urging recognition of the Armenian Genocide. “We must teach our children and succeeding generations the story of the Armenians so that future genocides will never again occur,” stated Senator Boxer.

Individuals interested in attending the ANC-Western Region banquet are encouraged to contact ANC-WR Banquet Coordinator Felicia Garver at (818) 500-1918.

The Armenian National Committee – Western Region is the largest and most influential 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 ANC-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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Photo Caption #1: United States Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Photo Caption #2: United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).