Actress, writer and producer Nia Vardalos was honored on Monday, Nov. 4, by The American Fertility Association.
The “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star and “Instant Mom” author received the Carolyn Berger Adoption Advocacy Award for her outspoken leadership in the area of foster care adoption. Alan Penzias, M.D., was also honored; he received the Joyce M. Varygas, M.D. Visionary Award, for his extraordinary commitment and innovative approach to melding cutting-edge science and patient care.
“We were thrilled to honor Nia Vardalos and Dr. Alan Penzias, as their extraordinary work in adoption and assisted reproduction speak to the range of options The AFA supports in helping people create their path to having a child,” said Ken Mosesian, The AFA’s Executive Director.
Human rights activist and TV host Ronan Farrow, alongside actresses Rachel Dratch and Kathy Najimy, joined Vardalos at the event. Broadway star Gavin Lodge and Tony Award Winners Todd Ellison and Beth Leavel provided entertainment to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd of over 250 attendees.
The organization’s annual fundraising gala and honoring ceremony was held at The Yale Club in Manhattan, NY. The event celebrated a period of extraordinary growth for The AFA and its vision for 2014, which includes plans to create a concierge-style, personalized web experience for individuals wishing to have a child, as well as providing professionals with expert-level analysis and recommendations about emerging technologies in the field of fertility.
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