Festive Fundraising in Newport Coast

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Orange County families gathered in Newport Coast over the weekend for a festive event that featured fun, food and fundraising.

Hundreds turned out Sunday at the Newport Coast Community Center for a holiday carnival hosted by the MOMS Club of Newport Coast, a local chapter of the International Moms Offering Moms Support. Guests included councilman Keith Curry and Newport Beach Fire Department firefighters from the local Newport Coast station.

The event raised more than $10,000 for the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps families worldwide whose children suffer from a genetic form of autism and other developmental delays.

The club spent months preparing for the event and seeking donations from local businesses because one of its members, Briana Vartanian, has a child, Lola, 7, diagnosed with PMS.

“I was overwhelmed by the turnout of moms and families coming together to support such a great cause,” Vartanian said.

Attendees enjoyed carnival games, a bounce house, face painting and balloons, food from local restaurants, holiday crafts, playball activities for kids, and a silent auction.

For more information on the Phelan McDermid Syndrome Foundation, visit http://22q13.org/j15/

(left to right) Newport Coast MOMS Elizabeth Carmichael, event chair Sherry Roshan Fredrick, Newport Beach councilman Keith Curry, Briana Vartanian, Heather Ignatin and Natalie Ikizyan — All photos by Charles Weinberg
(left to right) Newport Coast MOMS Elizabeth Carmichael, event chair Sherry Roshan Fredrick, Newport Beach councilman Keith Curry, Briana Vartanian, Heather Ignatin and Natalie Ikizyan
— All photos by Charles Weinberg
MOMS member Natalie Ikizyan with her husband, Ike, and their kids at the carnival.
MOMS member Natalie Ikizyan with her husband, Ike, and their kids at the carnival.
The Newport Coast MOMS pose for a group photo.
The Newport Coast MOMS pose for a group photo.
(left to right) Newport Beach Fire Department paramedic J.C. Nessa, councilman Keith Curry, MOMS carnival event chair Sherry Roshan Fredrick, fire investigator Capt. Mike Liberto, engineer Justin Kime, and MOMS member Heather Ignatin.
(left to right) Newport Beach Fire Department paramedic J.C. Nessa, councilman Keith Curry, MOMS carnival event chair Sherry Roshan Fredrick, fire investigator Capt. Mike Liberto, engineer Justin Kime, and MOMS member Heather Ignatin.
Newport Beach councilman Keith Curry speaks to the crowd at the carnival as event chair Sherry Roshan Fredrick looks on.
Newport Beach councilman Keith Curry speaks to the crowd at the carnival as event chair Sherry Roshan Fredrick looks on.
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