The American Fertility Association (The AFA) recently honored three individuals at Illuminations LA 2014, celebrating the work the organization does in helping hopeful parents create family in all its diversity. The honorees were embryologist Dr. David Hill, Jeffrey A. Bernstein, Esq., a gay father through surrogacy, and foster care adoption advocate, Jeanne Pritzker. All three shared their moving stories with 250 of The AFA’s supporters.
“The AFA is a national not-for-profit organization committed to helping people find their path to parenthood, and our 2014 honorees shined their light on some of the many paths there are,” stated Ken Mosesian, Executive Director.
KTLA news anchor Wendy Burch presented the Joyce M. Vargyas, M.D. Visionary Award to Dr. David Hill, highlighting his work in helping people to conceive through in vitro fertilization and other forms of assisted reproductive technology. Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie presented the Advocacy Award to Jeffrey A. Bernstein, Esq., and Nia Vardalos and Dr. Kim Bergman presented the Carolyn Berger Adoption Advocacy Award to Jeanne Pritzker.
“Whether people are struggling with infertility, hoping to adopt, or in need of options such as egg donation, sperm donation or surrogacy, The AFA is here to provide the kind of education that inspires action, and encourages people to take their first, or second, or third step on their own unique path to parenthood,” said Don Hribek, Chair of the AFA’s Board of Directors. Hribek continued, “We support all individuals without regard to gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, marital status, or HIV status.”
Illuminations LA 2014 and The AFA’s significant work are made possible through the generous donations of the attendees and corporate sponsors. The event’s Presenting Sponsor was EMD Serono. Entertainment was provided by Michael Maguire, who won a Tony® Award for his work in Les Miserables.
The American Fertility Association (The AFA) is an inclusive organization committed to helping people create their families of choice by providing leading-edge outreach programs and timely educational information. The scope of our work encompasses reproductive and sexual health, infertility prevention and treatment, and family-building options including adoption and third party solutions. The AFA is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in New York City. 888-917-3777 and theafa.org.