GLENDALE–The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) will hold its 7th annual “Match for Life” Gala on Sunday, August 3, at the Glendale Hilton.
The gala is a celebratory evening recognizing and honoring specific individuals and businesses who have made exceptional contributions of their time and/or resources to ensure the growing success of the Registry. This year the ABMDR will honor Naz Atikian, as Women of the Year, George Najarian, Man of the Year, Karineh Khudikian and Armond Aghakhanian, Volunteers of the Year, and Horizon TV, business of the year. Mark Geragos, chairman of the ABMDR, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
With headquarters in Los Angeles and laboratory facilities in Yerevan, Armenia, the ABMDR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that every ethnic Armenian struck with a life-threatening blood-related illness is able to find hope for long term survival through the identification of a genetically suitable bone marrow match. Since December 2000, through cross-national cooperation, the ABMDR has recruited over 14,000 donors, received 1276 search requests, identified 871 patients, found 921 potential matches, and-most importantly-facilitated 8 transplantations in Armenia, United States, and Europe.
Ongoing support is critical to the success of the organization. “We are no longer a “start up” enterprise.” States Dr. Frieda Jordan, president of the ABMDR. “We have grown considerably, with over 14,000 donors in the Registry. But that also means that we have educated more people about the service we provide, the demand has grown with it, and we have many patients seeking our help. We continually need funds to do DNA tissue typing in order to find “Matches for Life” as quickly as possible. More than 300 people are expected to turn out for the ABMDR’s “Match for Life” event, which is open to the public. Festivities will start at 6 pm, with “Diamonds for Life” Champaign drinks before the dinner.
Those interested in attending can respond on line at www.abmdr.am or by calling (323) 663-3609. Individual ticket donations are just $100 tables for $1000. Sponsorships are also available and will receive special recognition in the gala program, which is distributed at the event and throughout the year to over 2,000 Armenian households, reaching an estimated 10,000 individuals in the community.
ABMDR is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization; all donations are tax deductible.