Fundraiser for children's foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.