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“Valentines for Victoria” Raises More Than $100,000 for NVIC’s Education and Research Programs

By More Than 300 Entertained Sam Debold & The Biggest Loser”
Published February 17, 2010 in

New Annual Event To Fund Vaccine Safety Research and Protection of
Informed Consent Standards

   “Valentines for Victoria” co-founders Danny and Dr. Stephanie Christner hosted the 1st annual Valentines for Victoria dinner and auction benefiting the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). The event was created in remembrance of Victoria Christner, who died after reactions to childhood vaccines, to initiate dialogue and awareness about the need for vaccine safety and informed consent protections in public health policies.

Dinner Dance at Historic Southern Hills Country Club

  The evening’s festivities included an auction, dinner dance and educational presentations. The event was held at the historic Southern Hills Country Club on Saturday, February 13, 2010 and raised more than $100,000 that will be used to create vaccine safety awareness, promote informed consent and conduct scientific research into health outcomes associated with vaccination.

   Musician Danny Cahill of “The Biggest Loser” fame entertained attendees with his latest song Second Chance. Twelve year old Sam Debold also entertained guests with piano stylings of his favorite performing artists: U2, Eagles and Eric Clapton.

   More than 300 people attended the sit down dinner and dance event and were also treated to a live auction featuring vacation getaways to Vail and Sun Valley and football box tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game.

Vaccine Public Education Forum Features Expert Panel

   Earlier in the day, “Valentines for Victoria” sponsored a public education forum held at the Southern Hills Marriott attended by parents and health care professionals. The focus of the public forum was to encourage dialogue about the ethical principle of informed consent and making educated health choices, including vaccine choices.

From left to right: Dr. Vicky Debold; Dawn Richardson, Stephanie and Danny Christner; Kathi Williams; Barbara Loe Fisher and Theresa Wrangham.

   NVIC’s expert panel featured NVIC co-founder & president, Barbara Loe Fisher; NVIC Director of Research & Patient Safety, Vicky Debold, PhD, RN; NVIC Medical Advisory Board Member, Lawrence Palevsky, MD; and NVIC Director of State Advocacy, Dawn Richardson. The panel discussion was moderated by Theresa Wrangham, NVIC’s Executive Director.

   Also attending and providing staff support for the event were NVIC Co-founder & Vice President Kathi Williams; NVIC Director of Operations Paul Arthur; NVIC Board Member Paul Mulhauser with his wife, Linda Mulhauser, and Stephen Mulhauser, whose original art work was included in the silent auction.

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5 Responses to "“Valentines for Victoria” Raises More Than $100,000 for NVIC’s Education and Research Programs "
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Posted: 2/18/2010 12:59:17 PM
This is SO awesome and a fantastic idea. Hopefully more of us will come up with successful fundraisers like this for NVIC.
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Posted: 2/18/2010 1:11:47 PM
This is great! I wish I would have known about this event so I could have made a point to attend and also tell all of my family in Tulsa about it. I have quite a few relatives who need to hear the truth about vaccination, although they probably wouldn't believe it anyway :(
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Dr. Scott Null
Posted: 2/18/2010 1:17:39 PM
Wish I had known about this as I am only 1 1/2 hours away. Hope they get more information out next year.
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Meryl Dorey
Posted: 2/19/2010 7:45:58 PM
What a wonderful event! Congratulations to all involved and here's to a strong, active and financially sound pro vaccination choice movement!
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Stephanie Christner
Posted: 2/28/2010 1:14:35 PM
Thank-you all for the support. Victoria passed away on Valentines Day 2009 from a progressive encephalopathy due to vax she got at 2 and 4 months. VFV was put together to spread the message from the NVIC, that you have a choice. I am a physician and did not know I had a choice, the risks involved, or even how to identify an adverse rxn. We would love to have events around the country each Valentines Day. If you are interested in an event in your home town or would like to attend the Tulsa event, please contact me. All proceeds go to the NVIC.

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