Golden Globe Winner to Attend Holiday Event Benefiting Vaccine Fund for Children

The Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation (ANMF) is proud to announce a special fundraising event “Mistletoe & Miracles” benefiting the Millennium Armenia Children’s Vaccine Fund (MACVF) with special guest star Mike Connors on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at the Cravens Estate in The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross in Pasadena, California.

Glendale, CA,  December 9, 2004 – Legendary television star Mike Connors will be joined by Lise Grand, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Armenia, Michael Mahdesian, former President Clinton appointee to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Angie Turner, CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. 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). Connors, a four-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor in a Drama Series for Mannix, won the Golden Globe in 1970. After over 50 years in entertainment, Connors continues to appear in numerous television shows including Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, 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.

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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