ABMDR wine-tasting event draws enthusiastic community support

Elegant fundraiser hosted by Vicken and Salpi Mankerian

Los Angeles, June 14, 2013 – Over 300 wine connoisseurs and supporters attended the fourth annual wine-tasting of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR), held on May 31. Among ABMDR’s most popular fundraisers, the elegant event was once again sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Vicken and Salpi Mankerian of Mission Wine and Spirits, and hosted by the Mankerians at their residence in Sierra Madre, California. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies was Raffi Kendirjian.

The evening featured a wide range of vintages and varietals, with wine stewards from 33 wineries pouring more than 100 brands. Guests mingled and enjoyed the wine offerings, as well as beautifully set up finger foods, across the three terraces of the property. Guests also relished sumptuous hors d’oeuvres which were passed around throughout the evening by the hosts’ young daughters and their friends.

In her opening remarks, Salpi Mankerian welcomed the guests and thanked them for their enthusiastic attendance of the now-traditional wine-tasting event, in support of ABMDR’s life-saving mission.

Dr. Frieda Jordan, president of ABMDR, also delivered remarks. After she commended the Mankerians for hosting the wine-tasting event for the fourth year and with great dedication, Dr. Jordan acknowledged all those in attendance for their ongoing support of the registry’s cause.

In a joyous atmosphere complemented by wonderful wine and food as well as the upbeat sounds of a DJ, guests enjoyed the event well into the night.

About the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry: Established in 1999, ABMDR, a nonprofit organization, helps Armenians worldwide survive life-threatening blood-related illnesses by recruiting and matching donors to those requiring bone marrow stem cell transplants. To date, the registry has recruited over 24,000 donors in 18 countries across four continents, identified 2,135 patients, and facilitated 16 bone marrow transplants.

For more information, call (323) 663-3609 or visit abmdr.am.

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ABMDR Board members, volunteers, and supporters.

The Mankerian family.

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Photos courtesy of ABMDR.