More than $8 million was raised during the telethon on Sunday February 17, for the Armenian American Museum, which will be established in Glendale, California. The telethon aired in ARTN TV, USArmenia TV, Horizon TV, KVMD TV, as well as online and YouTube.
It was well organized and very properly conducted from 4pm to 10pm Pacific Standard Time.
Many large donations were announced – several $100,000, and some more than that. Many philanthropists and community leaders participated in the telethon.
The program was conducted by Manoug Seraydarian, Svetlana Bosnoyan, Arshalouys Dabinyan, Ardavazt Anirian, as well as Berdj Karapetian. All Armenian religious leaders, Apostolic, Catholicos and Protestant churches are on the committee and they were all present during the Telethon, and all conveyed messages and asked for the support of the people. Similarly, the three Armenian political parties, Hunchakian (SDHP), Dashnagtsoutioun (ARF), and Armenian Democratic Liberal party -Ramgavars (ADL) are also part of the committee, also the AGBU and other organizations.
Several Glendale public officials, including the mayor as well as various congressmen and elected officials spoke about the importance of the Armenian American Museum.