The Armenian Youth Federation Western United States Garo Madenlian Public Affairs Office announced Monday that over 700 AYF members, supporters, and friends gathered on March 27th to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the AYF.
Entertainment for the celebration-dinner dance, held at the Pasadena Armenian Center, was provided by Harout Pamboukjian and Karnig Sarkissian.
The dinner dance not only served the purpose of celebrating the AYFís 71st anniversary, but also as the AYF Central Executiveís annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the evening as well as contributions from supporters will be used to fund the AYFís upcoming Armenian Genocide recognition activities including the annual AYF protest at the Turkish Consulate.
“We are encouraged and motivated by the numerous donations and large turnout of the evening,” said Vicken Sosikian, chairman of the AYF Western Region. “Our 71st anniversary is a celebration of our past accomplishments and a reaffirmation of our pledge to work for the Armenian Cause, with renewed strength and determination,” said Sosikian.
The Armenian Youth Federation Western United States Garo Madenlian Public Affairs Office announced Monday that on Saturday April 24th the AYF will organize a large-scale protest in front of the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles.
“Our protest will not only demand justice from the Turkish government this year but from the US government as well,” said Sevag Garabetian, Director of the 2004 Protest. “All of AYFís programs, projects, and events serve this great cause either directly or indirectly,” explained Garabetian.
The protest, which has taken place now for close to thirty years, is where thousands of Armenian-Americans, particularly Armenian youth converge to demand justice for the Armenian Genocide.
“The lives and memories of our 1.5 million ancestors can never be replaced,” said Vicken Sosikian, chairman of the AYF Western Region. “However we will relentless pursuit our just rights to the international recognition and condemnation of the Genocide, to our lands in Western Armenia, and the proper allocations of reparations to the Armenians,” explained Sosikian.
More information about the details of the protest will be made available shortly.
The Armenian Youth Federation Western United States Garo Madenlian Public Affairs Office announced Thursday the launching of four new AYF websites.
The websites will serve as the web portal for the Youth Corps Program, the AYF Summer Camp, Haytoug, the official publication of the AYF Western United States, and the rest of AYF’s programs and projects.
“The new websites will improve the communication process between the AYF and our community of web users,” said Raffi Semerdjian, Administrator of Public Relations for the AYF. “The new websites will also be the medium through which information about our major programs will be readily available to our users, including applications for Summer Camp and Youth Corps,” explained Semerdjian.
The new websites can be found at AYFwest.org, AYFYouthCorps.org, AYFCamp.org, and Haytoug.org.