Annie Simonian Totah

Founder and President @ Sami and Annie Totah Family Foundation

For more than 40 years, Annie Simonian Totah has been recognized for her effective leadership, philanthropy and untiring commitment on behalf of many important political, cultural, and academic, health, women- and children- related and religious causes. Her many contributions and accomplishments have helped organizations and communities on the local, national, and international level.

Totah is often spotted at the District’s many charitable functions, likely because she is involved in so many of them. Annie and her late husband Sami have been instrumental in donating and expanding the Magen David Sephardic Congregation. Annie has designed and overseen the construction of the one and only Sephardic synagogue in the Metro area, named after her late father-in-law.

Totah is a major donor, mover and shaker in the nationwide Armenian Community. Through her fundraising and advocacy efforts, Annie has helped raise, in the last two decades, more than $1.5 billion in foreign aid for her ancestral homeland, Armenia, one of the former Soviet Republics.

Totah is a breast cancer survivor and a supporter of Sibley Hospital. Through the Totah’s generosity of $1.0 million, the Sibley Hospital has dedicated the Executive Wing of the Hospital in the name of the Sami & Annie Totah Family Foundation.

A major donor and supporter of the Democratic Party, Annie has hosted in her beautiful home several fundraisers for Democratic candidates on the county, state, gubernatorial, federal and Presidential levels. She has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. While serving on Hillary’s Presidential Campaign, Annie also raised significant funds.

Annie’s fame and success has not been only in her charitable giving but in her ability to mastermind and produce spectacular and unique events for dozens and dozens of charitable causes. Annie donates, networks, elevates the cause of the organization and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions – for Israel Bonds Ambassadors’ Gala $6.5 million in bond sales, Sibley Hospital Gala $2.5 million, Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Gala $2.0 million, Best Buddies with Anthony Kennedy Shriver $1.25 million, Washington Performing Arts Society about $1.0 million, and the list goes on.

Over the years, the Totah Family Foundation has supported several non-profit organizations and Annie serves on the Boards of many of them including the Armenian Assembly of American, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Marshall Legacy Institute, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Magen David Sephardic Congregation, Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington Ballet, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Sibley Hospital, CARE Humanitarian Organization, Young Concert Artists, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Heifitz International Music Institute, Post Classical Ensemble, Hope of Light Foundation, Phillips Collection, Strathmore Hall Foundation, and the list goes on and on. Annie is the recipient of many Honors and Awards including:

  • “The Ellis Island Medal of Honor”, for her unparalleled leadership and meritorious achievements for Armenian and worldwide causes
  • “Shining Star Award” for exceptional leadership, dedication and excellence, Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • “Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to Human Rights”, by the United Nations
  • “American Woman of Valor Award”, by Save A Child’s Heart Foundation.
  • “International Cultural Ambassador Award”, by Moment Literary Magazine
  • “Business Hall of Fame”, by Montgomery County, Maryland
  • “Medal of Appreciation”, by the President of Nagorno Karabagh Republic
  • “Encyclical of Gratitude and Appreciation”, by the Catholicos of All Armenian, His Beautitude Karekin II