Holiday Event to Benefit Vaccine Fund for Armenia’s Children

GLENDALE–The Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation (ANMF) will host a special fundraising event "Mistletoe & Miracles," benefiting the Millennium Armenia Children’s Vaccine Fund (MACVF) with special guest star Mike Connors on December 15–at the Cravens Estate in Pasadena–headquarters of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Mike Connors will be joined by Lise Grand–United Nations Resident Coordinator in Armenia and Michael Mahdesian–former President Clinton appointee to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In securing life-saving vaccines for Armenia’s children–MACVF has developed vital partnerships with both UNICEF and USAID.

Born in Fresno–California in 1925 to an Armenian family–Connors has appeared in hundreds of television shows since the 1950s and is best known for his portrayal of detective Joe Mannix in Mannix (CBS 1967-1975). A four-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor in a Drama Series for Mannix–Connors won the Golden Globe in 1970. After over 50 years in entertainment–he continues to appear in numerous television shows including Murder She Wrote–Diagnosis Murder–and Walker–Texas Ranger. He has also been active in numerous charitable organizations including the Operation Missing Persons–as well as several neurological and health related charities.

Featuring live music–international cuisine–and a unique silent auction–proceeds from Mistletoe & Miracles will help secure the final $200,000 of the $1.5 million capital campaign fund designed to guarantee basic vaccinations required to fight against preventable disease and reduce infant mortality rates.

Since 2002–the MACVF has vaccinated over 74,000 Armenian children. Basic vaccines include: Diphtheria–Hepatitis B–MMR-Mumps–Measles & Rubella–Pertussis–Polio–Tetanus–and TB. Over 560,000 Armenian children will be immunized through 2017.

MACVF is a public-private capital fund in partnership with international agencies including the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia–UNICEF–and USAID.

ANMF–established in 1994 following the tragic deaths of Ani and Narod Ardhaldjian–has brought educational–cultural–and health programs to Armenian women and children living around the world.

To learn more about MACVF–ANMF and its programs–please visit www.ani.org or contact the office at (818) 291-6490.

The Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit–tax-exempt US organization encouraging the welfare and development of Armenian women and children through innovative cultural–educational–health–and social programs.

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