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


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.

October 15, 2012

Anna’s Angels Fashion Show to Raise Funds for Down Syndrome Research

Want to see what’s new in the fashion world for fall and winter, support a wonderful cause and have a great time? Please join us for the Anna’s Angels Fashion Show on Thursday, November 1st from 6:30-9:30 pm at Café Caturra in Cary. Café Caturra is located at 600 Ledgeston Way in the Stone Creek Village Shopping Center. The featured fashion show event will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, and include a donation to Anna’s Angels, two glasses of boutique wine, appetizers and desserts and the fashion show. And, Scout and Molly’s of Cary will offer 25% off all merchandise in the store (excluding sale items, previous purchases and jewelry). The store will be open during the entire event. There will also be a raffle for two free tickets on Southwest Airlines, and a silent auction.

“We are so thrilled to hold our second Anna’s Angels fashion show to raise funds for Down syndome research”, said organization founder Michelle Pfeiffer. “Our first fashion show was a huge hit, and many people attending asked that we hold another one, soon. It’s a great night in every aspect because you’ll have lots of fun, see the latest fashions while enjoying food and drink, and you’re supporting a wonderful cause.”  Pfeiffer and her husband Andrew Merrills started Anna’s Angels in 2003 in the name of their daughter, Anna, who was born with Down syndrome.  Money raised at the event will be used locally to support laboratory and clinical research regarding Down syndrome at Duke Children’s Hospital. Anna’s Angels has raised $950,000 for the Duke program, to-date.

In addition to partnering with Café Caturra and Scout and Molly’s, Anna’s Angels is working with J&F Gemelli to provide hair and makeup services, DJ Dave Severance will provide musical entertainment during the event, and Sylvia Benson, will hold a Jewelry Trunk Show. Benson is also offering a free gift with purchase of any Sylvia Benson Jewelry item. Marketing assistance for the event is being provided by queue, an area marketing and advertising agency.

Tickets for the Fashion Show may be purchased at Café Caturra the night of the event. For more information about Anna’s Angels Foundation or the Fashion Show, visit www.annas-angels.org or call 919-604-3350.

October 4, 2012

queue to Partner with Anna’s Angels

queue llc, a marketing and advertising agency with corporate offices in Raleigh and in the Columbia, SC area, announced today that it will partner with Anna’s Angels Foundation to provide the local charity with marketing and public relations assistance. The joint announcement was made today by queue CEO Juana Quick and Michelle Pfeiffer, Founder of Anna’s Angels. Anna’s Angels is named for Anna Merrills, daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Andrew Merrills. Anna was born on June 13, 2001 with the chromosomal abnormality, Down syndrome. Additionally, Anna was diagnosed in 2002 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a type of cancer that is more prevalent in people with Down syndrome. Pfeiffer and Merrills created Anna’s Angels in partnership with Duke Children’s Hospital to raise funds to promote laboratory and clinical research regarding Down syndrome. To-date, the organization has raised $950,000.

“We are honored to be working with Michelle and her family in helping to get the word out about this worthy cause”, said Quick. “When we read about Anna and her story, we knew it was the organization we wanted to assist with its marketing needs. We are pleased to be working with a locally-based charitable organization that raises money to fund projects at Duke, a world-renowned Triangle university heralded for its medical research,” said Quick.

The agency will provide marketing assistance to Anna’s Angels in various areas, including an updated logo and website. (www.annas-angels.org)

“We are thrilled that queue has chosen to help us with our marketing efforts in raising money for research grants,” said Pfeiffer. “Our vision is to improve the cognitive and communicative ability of individuals with Down syndrome to help them reach their full potential. With the help of queue we will be better able to reach our goal of becoming one of the largest private funders of Down syndrome research in the nation.”

For more information about Anna’s Angels Foundation, visit www.annas-angels.org or call 919-604-3350. For more information about queue, visit www.wearequeue.com.

February 28, 2010

Be An Angel: Anna’s Angels Gala Celebrates Life

Michelle Pfeiffer knows that angels walk among us. You can be one of them.

Pfeiffer and her husband, Andrew Merrills, are co-founders of Anna’s Angels, a nonprofit organization that funds grants to support Down syndrome research at Duke University Medical Center. The foundation is named in honor of their daughter, Anna, age 8, who was diagnosed
with Down syndrome at birth.

The family has seen firsthand the giving spirit of the Cary community to the foundation’s mission. “We have such a strong local following,” Pfeiffer said. “Anna is part of this community, and Duke is right here. So many people can identify with somebody who has Down syndrome, and through Anna’s Angels they can get involved. It’s a small, grassroots effort, and they can know where their money is going.”

Click here to download the full article from the January/February 2010 issue of Cary Magazine.

June 30, 2009

Anna’s Angels Inspires Hope, Research for Down Syndrome

About 200 Caryites enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing while supporting Down syndrome and leukemia research at the Sixth Annual Anna’s Angels Gala on April 18 at Prestonwood Country Club’s grand ballroom. A silent and live auction, hosted by news anchor Steve Daniels, of ABC 11 Eyewitness News, helped raise $93,000 for the cause and Duke Children’s Hospital.

Anna’s Angels was founded in 2003 by Michelle Pfeiffer and Andy Merrills when their 8-year-old daughter, Anna, who has Down syndrome, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 18 months.

Dr. Joseph St. Geme, chairman of pediatrics at Duke Children’s Hospital, and Jill Hinton Keel, a psychologist and developmental disability consultant, spoke at the event in support of Down syndrome awareness and research. “We could not pursue our endeavors without the help of Anna’s Angels,” St. Geme stated at the gala.

Click here to download the article from the May/June 2009 issue Cary Magazine.

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