March 13, 2013

Duke University Medical Center Recognizes Anna’s Angels Foundation with Naming of Conference Room

Presented to Anna's Angels in honor of raising One Million Dollars for Down syndrome research

Anna’s Angels Foundation is pleased to announce that Duke University Medical Center has named a conference room after Anna’s Angels, a Cary-based, non-profit that raises funds for Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital. Anna’s Angels, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is named for Anna Merrills, the 11 year old daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, Andrew Merrills, who has Down syndrome. Pfeiffer and Merrills started the foundation shortly after the birth of their daughter to help raise funds in support of research to enhance the cognitive and communicative abilities of individuals with Down syndrome.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize Anna’s Angels and the Merrills family for their dedication to helping fund our research efforts to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome,” said Priya Kishnani, MD, Division Chief of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke. “The commitment of this family, the organizations’ Board members and everyone who supports Anna’s Angels is tremendous, and is truly an inspiration. We are pleased to name the conference room in recognition of their efforts.”

March 12, 2013

2013 Gala Events in the News

It has been an exciting weekend for Anna’s Angels as we hosted our 2013 Gala with special guest Lauren Potter from Glee. The weekend’s events were covered in the local news several times including:

  • Feature story on the WTVD ABC11 Eyewitness News. You can read the complete article here.
  • Feature story on the Triangle Business Journal. You can read the complete article here.
  • Feature story on our local Fox affiliate’s website at fox50.com. You can read the complete article here.
  • Fox 50 ran a television spot promoting Lauren Potter’s appearance at Crabtree Valley Mall on Sunday.
  • The News & Observer feature Anna’s Angels Co-founder and Director Michelle Pfeiffer as their Tar Heel of the Week. You can read the full article here.

February 25, 2013

Anna’s Angels Unveils New Logo, Website

Newly designed Anna's Angels Logo

Anna’s Angels, a Triangle-based non-profit that supports Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, at www.annas-angels.org as well as a new brand identity. The website and logo identity package were designed by the Raleigh based marketing and advertising firm, queue.

“We are thrilled with the new website and logo and are very appreciative of the tremendous time and creativity queue donated to this project”, said Anna’s Angels founder and Director Michelle Pfeiffer. “The new website is more modern and functional and will help tremendously in our efforts to raise research funds that will improve the cognitive and communicative ability of individuals with Down syndrome.”

queue President Juana Quick said she was also pleased with the new logo design and website for Anna’s Angels.

“The new logo gives the organization a wonderfully refreshed look and feel,” said Quick. “Our goal was to design a navigable website that provides information about the important work that Anna’s Angels Foundation does as well as serve as a resource for people who want to learn more about Down syndrome. We think it does a great job on all fronts, and are happy that the client is thrilled with the final product.”

Anna’s Angels was started by Pfeiffer and her husband, Andrew Merrills following the birth of their second child, Anna, who has Down syndrome. Each year, the organization hosts a variety of events to raise funds for research at Duke. This year, the 10th annual Anna’s Angels Gala on March 9 will feature Fox television’s Glee star, Lauren Potter, who has Down syndrome. Anna’s Angels also hosts an annual fashion show as well as a number of other events. All proceeds raised by Anna’s Angels go directly to Duke.

For more information about Anna’s Angels, visit www.annas-angels.org or contact Michelle Pfeiffer at michellepfeiffer@nc.rr.com or 919-604-3350. For more information about queue, visit www.wearequeue.com.

February 13, 2013

Glee Star Lauren Potter to Greet Fans at Crabtree Valley Mall on March 10th

Lauren Potter from the hit TV show Glee will be visiting the Triangle the weekend of March 9 & 10 to attend several events in support of Down syndrome research. Lauren, who has Down syndrome, will meet and greet fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures at Crabtree Valley Mall on Sunday, March 10 from 12-1 pm. in the mall’s Center Court. The national megastar is visiting the Triangle as the special guest of Anna’s Angels, a Cary-based, non-profit that raises funds for Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital. Anna’s Angels, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is holding its annual gala on March 9 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

“We are so excited to have Lauren visit our mall to mingle with her fans and sign autographs,” said Crabtree Valley Mall Marketing Director Sandra Geist. “She is such a wonderful actress, and serves as an inspiration to so many people.”

That sentiment was reiterated Anna’s Angels founder Michelle Pfeiffer. “We are absolutely thrilled that Lauren agreed to join us this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the gala,” said Pfeiffer. “I can assure you that our daughter Anna, along with others who have Down syndrome, are both proud and inspired by Lauren. We are very grateful that she will be our special guest at this year’s gala.”

Anna’s Angels was started by Pfeiffer and her husband Andrew Merrills following the birth of their second child, Anna, who has Down syndrome. The organization has raised close to $1 million for Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital.

January 22, 2013

Anna’s Angels Announces 2013 Board of Directors

Anna’s Angels, a Triangle, North Carolina-based non-profit that supports Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital, is pleased to announce its first Board of Directors.

The 2013 Board members are:

  • John Anthony, Chief Administrative Officer, TrustAtlantic Bank
  • Steve Daniels, Anchor, ABC 11 Eyewitness News
  • Jorge Goti, President and Chief Executive Officer, MG Capital
  • Jackie Holcombe, Mayor, Town of Morrisville
  • Aimee McIntyre, Public Relations Specialist
  • Andrew Merrills, Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
  • Kelly McNelis, Founder, Women for One
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, Director, Anna’s Angels
  • Robin Sipe, Advocate and parent of Down syndrome child
  • Frank Wissink, Vice President, Shared Services, ABB Inc.
  • Ursula Wissink Flynn, Advocate and parent of Down syndrome child
  • Jodi Witte, Business Development, queue advertising agency

“We are pleased that so many prominent and caring community leaders have agreed to serve on the 2013 Board of Directors”, said Anna’s Angels founder and Director Michelle Pfeiffer. “We appreciate their dedication to help raise research funds that will improve the cognitive and communicative ability of individuals with Down syndrome and give them the ability to reach their full potential.”

Anna’s Angels was started by Pfeiffer and her husband, Andrew Merrills following the birth of their second child, Anna, who has Down syndrome. Each year, the organization hosts a variety of events to raise funds for research at Duke. This year, the 10th annual Anna’s Angels Gala on March 9 will feature Fox television’s Glee star, Lauren Potter, who has Down syndrome. Anna’s Angels also hosts an annual fashion show as well as a number of other events. All proceeds raised by Anna’s Angels go directly to Duke.

January 10, 2013

Glee Star Lauren Potter to be Special Guest at 10th Annual Anna’s Angels Gala

laurenPotter_headshot

This year, the annual Anna’s Angels Gala will feature a national megastar to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Triangle-based, not-for- profit organization, Anna’s Angels. Lauren Potter from the hit TV show Glee will be the special guest at the Gala, which supports Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital. This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, March 9th at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

“We are thrilled to have Lauren join us for the 10th anniversary of our gala. Lauren is an inspiration to us all,” said Anna’s Angels founder Michelle Pfeiffer. “All funds raised from the gala and other Anna’s Angels events go directly to Down syndrome research grants at Duke to improve the cognitive and communicative abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. We’re proud of the fact that we have raised close to one million dollars, to-date.”

Anna’s Angels was started by Pfeiffer and her husband, Andrew Merrills following the birth of their second child, Anna, who has Down syndrome.

The black tie optional event, which will be emceed by ABC Eyewitness News Anchor Steve Daniels, includes a gourmet dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and a diamond raffle. Tickets for the event are $100 per person ($115 after January 18th), and a cash bar will be available.

For more information about Anna’s Angels, visit www.annas-angels.org. For information on event sponsorships, donations to the auction or to purchase individual or group tickets, please contact Michelle Pfeiffer at michellepfeiffer@nc.rr.com or call 919-604-3350. Tickets to the gala may also be purchased online at www.gifts.duke.edu/annas_angels.

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