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The Foundation for the Children of Iran
8500 Normandie Lake Blvd., Suite 2050
Bloomington, MN 55437
Contact:Ms. Nazie Eftekhari
Tel: (952) 896-4889
Fax: (952) 896-4880

The Foundation for the Children of Iran Announces It's Persian New Year (Noruz) Gala

McLean, VA., Jan. 15, 2001- A 2500-year-old tradition, the observance of vernal equinox as the beginning of a New Year, will be celebrated by the Foundation for the Children of Iran and 800 of the Foundations supporters on March 16, 2001 at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner.

"The Foundation for the Children of Iran is a testament to the generosity of Americans, Europeans and Iranians from all walks of life who have opened their hearts to some of the neediest children in the world" according to Nazie Eftekhari, President of the Minnesota based branch of the Foundation. "We are very happy to report that we have, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of American doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals, managed to provide life saving medical treatment to dozens of Children from Iran."

'Noruz' (New Year) is an ancient tradition dating back to the Persian Empire. "We will observe Noruz in an evening that promises to be elegant, fun, and above all worthwhile in that it will allow us to finally provide medical services to children who have been waiting for a long time to receive them" said Fariba Jahanbani, Director of Marketing for Cartier U.S.A. and a member of the organizing committee.

The Foundation for the Children of Iran is a unique organization, that has since its founding 10 years ago, been able to take advantage of pro bono services provided by American Doctors.

"The generosity of spirit of the American medical community coupled with the love and passion of the American-Iranian community for Iran and Her children, has allowed the foundation to do what some said would be impossible and identify children who need medical services that cannot be provided in Iran, secure visas for them, bring them to the United States, mend their broken bodies, lift their spirits and return them to their homeland, Iran, in the hopes that they will become contributing members of their community and country" states Princess Yasmine Pahlavi, one of the founding directors of the foundation.

"March 16th, 2001 our guests will be able to have a quintessential American experience. The observance of ancient eastern traditions in the elegant setting of the Ritz Carlton, all in support of a noble cause" according to Assiyeh Lefebvre, another member of the Noruz organizing committee. "The Foundation is so grateful for our supporters," continues an F.C.I. volunteer, "it is as though they are personally hearing the heart wrenching appeals of the mother and fathers of their children."

The Noruz gala will begin at 7pm on March 16th with a progress report on the Foundation's activities in 2000 and a tribute to the sponsors of the evening. The focus of the evening will be the Children who are waiting to come to the U.S. for treatment. The Foundation for the Children of Iran reaffirms the belief that while governments may quarrel, there nonetheless exists a common bond of humanity that illustrates the nobility in each and every one of us.

For more information and to offer support to the Foundation please call Ms. Nazie Eftekhari at 952-896-4889.


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