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ISCC’s Sixth Annual Family Festival - September 24, 2017

ISCC SixthAnnual Family festival - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Sunday September 24th ISCC held its 6th Annual Family Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.

On this beautiful day over 500 local attendees joined us for Ping-Pong, Chess and Backgammon tournaments, kids festival games and activates, traditional Persian food and music.

This event could not have been possible without the support of our volunteers, Sponsors, coordinators and of course the attendees.

September is childhood cancer awareness month, we are grateful for the support of the community that gathered to give underprivileged children with cancer a voice. Events like this allow the community to join hands and make a difference in a child s life.

Private Home Gathering San Diego, July 30, 2017

Private Home Gathering San Diego 1 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn July 30, 2017 an elegant afternoon gathering of more than 160 guests was held at the beautiful residence of Dr. Majid and Mrs. Negar Shahbaz.

This was the third gathering ISCC held in the San Diego area. On this very special day a heartfelt speech was presented by Mrs. Negar Shahbaz, and Mrs. Haida Mojdehi. The unconditional dedication, compassion, generosity of the hosts reflected in their guests and ISCC was able to raise over $43,000 in support and donations for children of MAHAK.

We are grateful to Dr. and Mrs. shahbaz and their two kind children Nikta and Hadi for opening their home and heart to children of ISCC/MAHAK.

This is a great example of how a gathering of selected friends and acquaintances can be significant and create lasting results.

If you are interested in hosting your own gathering please contact our office for details and guidelines.

ISCC's Annual Fundraiser Event - April 24, 2017

ISCC held April 24 2017 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn April 24, 2017 ISCC held its annual fundraiser in Washington DC. This event was organized and spear headed by Mrs. Homa Javid, ISCC’s Washington DC representative and Advisory Board Member. The event was hosted at the beautiful home of Dr. Houri Khalilian and Dr. Serg Sira in Potomac.

At this very heartwarming evening over 130 of the local donors and supporters were in attendance. The performer for the evening was Ms. Raeeka Shahabi Yaghmai, Soprano singer, who mesmerized the audience with her captivating performance.

The evening was a tremendous success; we were able to introduce ISCC/ Mahak to the Washington DC residents and were able to raise enough funds for treatment of 8 children for one full year. We are appreciative for the support of the local community and the sponsors.

ISCC’s 9th Annual Bazaar - March 12, 2017

10674 thumb - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn March 12th over 18,000 supporters of ISCC attended its 9th annual Nowruz Bazaar at Hotel Irvine. This very special event has become a tradition for many families in the Southern California area. Preparation for the event begins months in advance with volunteers making homemade Torshi, Moraba, Shrini and pre-made haftseens. As we we get closer to the event many volunteers start preparation for the homemade food that is served at Bazaar.

This year Bazaar featured a variety of Haftseens items, homemade pastries, jams, torshis, sandwiches, kabobs and much more.

The host of the event was Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan, who entertained the audience with her presence. Thru out the day the attendees were entertained by Haji Firouz, Dances from Ava Dance Academy, Persian Kid's club of Aliso Viejo Library and Pro-dance Studio

In the past few years Mrs. Fahimeh Vazizir has been the coordinator of our children programs. She is very passionate when it comes to children and their causes. We also had the pleasure of working with Farsi Shad and Irvine Persian students.
This event is a great opportunity to feel the rich culture and tradition of Nowruz, spend quality time with family and complete your Nowruz shopping, while supporting a great cause.

Yalda Celebration, December 18, 2016

10261 Thumb - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Sunday December 18, 2016 ISCC hosted its fourth Annual Yalda celebration in honor of children of Mahak. This event was held at Hotel Irvine in Irvine, with more than 550 attendees who came to celebrate the arrival of winter and make a difference in a child’s life.

This was truly a magical evening where we were taken back to Yalda nights in ancient Iran, complete with traditional Korsi, Fal Hafez , entertainment, traditional Iranian food and sweets.

The main entertainment for evening was the legendary Iranian Singer Sattar. We also had our loved, dedicated and compassionate classical Persian Singer, Bano Khojastee who mesmerized the audience with her angelic voice.

At this heartwarming evening ISCC was able to raise more than $120,000 for children of Mahak in Iran.

ISCC is grateful to all those who honored us with their presence and look forward to welcoming all our patrons at our other events during the year.

Gala 2016, ISCC’s 9th Annual Gala - November 12, 2016

9742 thumb - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityInternational Society for children with Cancer held its 9th Annual Gala and Tribute in benefit of MAHAK children battling cancer on November 12, 2016 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. This sold out event was attended by over 800 devoted supporters and donors whom traveled across the country and the globe to attend this memorable evening.

At this event ISCC was able to raise more than $800,000 which equals annual funds to support more than 400 cancer stricken children and their families.

Once again, we thank all those who honored us with their presence and look forward to welcoming all our patrons at our other events during the year.

One life to live Conference - October 9, 2016

9409 Thumb - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn October 9th, 2016 ISCC joined Iranian American Parents Association and Dr. Nanaz Pirnia to present an educational & socially interactive meets for Parents & Youth. Topics discussed were Social media, safety & Lack of communication.

This popular event was attended by over 300 parents and teenagers.

ISCC’s fifth Annual Family festival - September 11, 2016

8988 Thumb - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Sunday September 11, 2016 ISCC held its fifth Annual Family Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine. On this day over 1500 local attendees joined us for a 2k walk around the scenic lake, Volleyball tournament with 14 competitive teams, Children’s activities and a full day of entertainment.

September is childhood cancer awareness month, we are grateful for the support of the community that once again gathered to give underprivileged children with cancer a voice.

Events like this allow the community to join hands and make a difference..

8th Annual Bazaar - March 13th 2016

8th Annual Bazaar March 13th 2016 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn March 13th over 15,000 supporters of ISCC attended its 8th annual Nowruz Bazaar at Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach.

Preparation for this annual event began more than three months in advance with more than 30 volunteers making Torshis, Morabas, painting eggs and creating decorative items. As it gets closer to the event, there are numerous baking and cooking days organized where volunteers gather to make homemade shirini and food items. Preparation, cooking and baking of Nowruz items are all truly a labor of love by volunteers.

This year the attendees were welcomed by a beautiful haft seen designed by Mrs. Zahra Ghiassi, and a room full of enthusiastic volunteers eager to serve the attendees. The excitement for the day was seen in the faces of the children, who attend wearing lebas mahali and receiving their haftseen Eidis.

Our Bazaar features a variety of haftseen items, homemade pastries, jams, torshis, sandwiches, kabobs, Haji Firouz, dances by Ava Dance Studio, entertainment for family and much more. This year we added a new section where traditional homemade foods were sold from different regions of Iran, (Shomali, Jonobi,Azari and Tehrani).

Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan, chair of the membership committee, has been the MC of this event for the past 8 years and once again kept the attendees informed and entertained throughout the day.

Through hard work and endless dedication of volunteers and with the support of the community, this annual event has steadily grown in size for the past 8 years. This year the gross profit from the event was over $126,000 with more than 50% in profits, which surpassed all other years.

ISCC is grateful for your support during the bazaar and throughout the year.

Yalda Celebration, December 20,2015

Yalda Celebration1 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Saturday December 20, 2015 ISCC hosted its third Annual Yalda celebration in honor of children of Mahak. This event was held at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, with more than 370 attendees who came to celebrate the arrival of winter and make a difference in a child’s life.

This was truly a magical evening where we were taken back to Yalda nights in ancient Iran, complete with traditional Korsi, Fal Hafez , entertainment, traditional Iranian food and sweets.

The Entertainment for the evening was our loved, dedicated and compassionate classical Persian singer, Bano Khojastee who mesmerized the audience and Mrs. Fataneh Eghbali, Mezzosoprano singer with her angelic voice. In addition to these performances Dr. Zohreh Ghahmernai renowned author performed one of her special poems that she had written for children of Mahak.

At this heartwarming evening ISCC was able to raise more than $100,000 for children of Mahak in Iran.

ISCC is grateful to all those who honored us with their presence and look forward to welcoming all our patrons at our other events during the year.

MAHAK children battling cancer, November 14, 2015

MAHAK children battling cancer - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC held its eight annual gala and tribute in benefit of MAHAK children battling cancer on November 14, 2015 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. This sold out event was attended by over 800 devoted supporters and donors whom traveled across the country and the globe to attend this memorable evening.

This year’s gala was truly the most memorable and heartwarming event yet. At this event ISCC was able to raise more than $750,000 which equals annual funds to support more than 375 cancer stricken children and their families.

The event was hosted by Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan. At this very special event the key note speakers were Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli co-founder of ISCC, and Mrs. Rakhshan Banietemad the Internationally Acclaimed Director and Screenwriter.

The entertainment for the evening was a performance by the Comedian and Actor Mr. Maz Jobrani, Mrs. Raeeka Shehabi Yaghmai who mesmerized the audience with her angelic voice and dazzling violin performance by Mr. Navid Kandelosui.

One of the second time attendees said “I attend more than 37 fundraisers and was invited here last year by a close friend and have purchased a table this year. I am so impressed with the organization; this is truly one of the best fundraising events I have ever attended. It was inspiring, organized and entertaining.”

Another attendee said” One of the most beautiful evenings I have experienced in a longtime with my family and friends. The video produces by Mrs. Banietemad was heartbreaking yet inspiring. I had an opportunity to see Mahak hospital, how they interact with patients and what a difference my donation can make in the lives of these helpless children. “

ISCC is grateful to all those who honored us with their presence and look forward to welcoming all our patrons at our other events during the year.

Private Home Gathering San Diego, September 20, 2015

Private Home Gathering San Diego - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn September 20, 2015 an elegant afternoon gathering of more than 200 guests was held at the beautiful residence of Mr. Payman Farhat and Mrs. Maryam Famourzadeh. This special day was coordinated by Mrs. Haida Mojdehi our board member and co-hosted by Mrs., Najmeh Moussavian our advisory board member and Mrs., Maryam Famourzadeh, whom has recently joined the advisory board.

This was the second gathering ISCC held in the San Diego area. On this very special day a presentation was made by Mrs. Tavakoli, ISCC’s Co-Founder and more than $40,000 in donations was raised and many new contacts were created.

At the conclusion of the fundraising program Mr. Navid Kandelos entertained the guest with a captivating violin performance.

This is a great example of how a gathering of selected friends and acquaintances can be significant and create lasting results.

We are grateful to Mrs. Famourzadeh and Mrs. Moussavian for opening their home and their heart to children of ISCC/Mahak.

If you are interested in hosting your own gathering please contact our office for details and guidelines.

ISCC Forth Annual Family Festival – September 13, 2015

ISCC Forth Annual Family Festival - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Sunday September 13th, 2015 ISCC held its Third Annual Family Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine. On this day over 900 local attendees joined us for a 2k walk around the lake, a volleyball tournament with 18 competitive teams, Soccer tournament with 8 competitive teams and a backgammon tournament. On this beautiful day special activities and games were planned for kids, lots of traditional Persian food were served and attendees enjoyed music and performances by children.

This event could not have been possible without the support of our volunteers, Sponsors, Tournament coordinators and of course the attendees.

September is childhood cancer awareness month, we are grateful for the support of the community that gathered to give underprivileged children with cancer a voice. Events like this allow the community to join hands and make a difference in a child s life.

IAW Conference San Francisco – May 3, 2015

iaq - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC participated at the Iranian American Women Leadership Foundation conference on Sunday, May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The conferenced is a good platform from which there is open dialogue, creates connections and inspires women to follow their dreams and achieve their full potential.

Mrs. Negin Mohammadzadeh, ISCC Board President was one of the panelist and speakers on Global Impact of Women through philanthropy session.

ISCC also had a booth at conference introducing the organization. On this day ISCC was introduced to over 500 attendees. The event was very well received by the local community. The conference was inspiring, motivational and informative.

7th Annual Bazaar – March 15, 2015

7th Annual Bazaar1 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn March 15th over 12,000 supporters of ISCC attended its 7th annual Nowruz Bazaar at Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach.

This annual event has become a tradition among the residents of Southern California. Preparation for Bazaar typically starts in January where volunteers start preparations for Torshi and Morabas. As it gets closer to the event, there are numerous baking and cooking days organized where volunteers gather to make homemade shirini and food items. Preparation, cooking, packaging and selling of Nowruz items are all truly a labor of love.

This year the attendees were welcomed by a beautiful haft seen designed by Mrs. Ziba Salamat, and a room full of enthusiastic volunteers excited to serve the attendees. Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan, chair of the membership committee, has been the MC of this event for the past 7 years and once again kept the attendees informed and entertained throughout the day.

On this special occasion ISCC was awarded a certificate of recognition by United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, for its outstanding contribution in the Iranian community.

Through hard work and endless dedication of volunteers and with the support of the community, this annual event has steadily grown in size for the past 7 years. This year the gross profit from the event was over $100,000with more than 50% in profits, which surpassed all other years.

Yalda Celebration - December 7, 2014

Yalda Celebration - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn December 7, 2014 ISCC hosted its Second Annual Yalda celebration in honor of children of Mahak. This event was held in Orange County, with more than 250 attendees who came to celebrate the arrival of winter and make a difference in a child’s life.

This was truly a magical evening where we were taken back to Yalda nights in ancient Iran, complete with traditional Korsi, Fal Hafez and traditional Iranian food and sweets.

The Entertainment for the evening was our loved, dedicated and compassionate classical Persian singer, Bano Khojastee who mesmerized the audience along with her band director Mr. Shahin Yousefzamani and Mr. Navid Kandelosi on violin.. Bano Khojastee has made a vow to sing in benefit of angels of Mahak and performs regularly at our monthly gatherings.

ISCC is grateful for the support of the local community for our programs.

ISCC Introduction Gathering - November 22, 2014

ISCC Introduction Gathering - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn November 22, 2014 an elegant evening with more than 150 guests was held at the residence of Mr. Majid and Mrs. Maryam Rahimian in Sacramento. This was the first gathering held in Sacramento area in benefit of ISCC.

On this very special evening many of the ISCC and Mahak Board of directors were in attendance, including Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli ISCC Founder, Dr. Javad Karbasizadeh Mahak Hospital Founder and Mrs. Saideh Ghods Mahak Founder.

On this memorable evening there were a number of legendary performers and actors in attendance. The evening started with a presentation made by Dr, Karbassizadeh on Mahak and ISCC, continued with a live auction and concluded with performances by Mr. Anoshiravan Rohani and his son Reza, Mr. Marik Kanian and Mr. Shajarian.

We are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Rahimian for opening their home and heart to children of ISCC.

If you are interested in hosting your own gathering please contact our office for details and guidelines.

Gala 2014 ISCC's 7th Annual Gala - November 15, 2014

gala - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityInternational Society for children with Cancer held its seventh annual gala and tribute in benefit of MAHAK children battling cancer on November 15, 2014 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. This Tribute was a very special milestone celebrating ISCC’s tenth anniversary. This sold out event was attended by over 800 devoted supporters and donors whom traveled across the country and the globe to attend this memorable evening.

This year’s gala was truly the most memorable and heartwarming event yet. At this event ISCC was able to raise more than $620,000 which equals annual funds to support more than 310 cancer stricken children and their families.

The event was hosted by Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan and Mr. Maz Jobrani. At this very special event the key note speakers were Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli co-founder of ISCC, Mrs. Saideh Ghods, Founder of Mahak and Dr. Javad Karbassizadeh founder of Mahak hospital. The entertainment for the evening was a performance by the legendary singer Mr. Faramarz Aslani and his band including Mr. Babak Amini.

One of the attendee said “I truly look forward to ISCC’s gala each year; I can always count on the event being heartwarming, organized and entertaining.”

Another attendee said” One of the most beautiful evening I have experienced in a longtime with my family and friends. This year I really enjoyed the 10 year anniversary books given to the attendees. The organization is very transparent and it gives me comfort to know where and how my money is spent. ”

Once again, we thank all those who honored us with their presence and look forward to welcoming all our patrons at our other events during the year.

IAW Conference Beverly Hills - November 2,2014

Iaw - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn November 2, 2014 ISCC attended IAW conference as an event sponsor. This year's conference was hosted in Beverly Hills for the first time and featured an impressive panel of successful and influential Iranian American women, representing a variety of industries and discussing a range of topics. This was a unique opportunity for ISCC to be introduced to more than 500 new and potential supporters. This was one of the best conferences IAW has hosted with the most exceptional speakers. We are grateful for the partnership we have with IAW and their efforts to promote the professional growth and success of Iranian American women.

ISCC Third Annual Family Festival 2014 - September 21,2014

ISCC Third Annual Family Festival 2014 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Sunday September 21, 2014 ISCC held its Third Annual Family Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine. On this day over 800 local attendees joined us for a 2k walk around the scenic lake, Volleyball tournament with 9 competitive teams, Soccer tournament with 8 teams, kids’ activities, music, snacks and lunch.

This event could not have been possible without the support of our Volunteers and our dedicated Participants. We also are grateful for the support of the local sponsors, IAVAL for organizing the volleyball tournament, Mr. Marc Pakbaz for Organizing Soccer tournament and the community.

September is childhood cancer awareness month, we are grateful for the support of the community that once again gathered to give underprivileged children with cancer a voice. Events like this allow the community to join hands and make a difference in a child’s life.

ISCC introduction in Bay Area - September 6, 2014

ISCC introduction in Bay Area - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn September 6,2014, an elegant and beautiful gathering of more than 180 guests was held at the beautiful and serene residence of Ms. Neda Nobari in Orinda, CA. The masters of ceremony for this event were Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan and Mr. Houshang Touzie.

Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli, I SCC’s co-founder gave a heartwarming introductory speech to the attendees introducing ISCC. On this very special evening ISCC was able to raise yearly treatment cost of over 25 children under Mahak care.

The evening concluded with a performance by Ms. Raeeka Shehabi Yaghmai, who mesmerizes the guest with her beautiful soprano melodies.

Fundraiser Washington DC - June 28 2014

ISCC 4 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn June 28, 2014 ISCC held its first fundraiser in the Washington DC area. This event was organized and spear headed by Mrs. Homa Javid, ISCC’s Washington DC representative.

At this very heartwarming evening over 130 of the local donors and supporters were in attendance. The evening program M.C. was Mrs. Sahhrzad Ardalan and the keynote speakers were Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli ISCC co-founder, Mrs. Saideh Ghods Mahak founder and ISCC Co-founder along with her daughter kiana sharif. The performance for the evening was Mrs. Susan Mirghanbari Soprano singer, who mesmerized the audience with Persian folk songs.
The evening was a huge success; we were able to introduce ISCC/ Mahak to the Washington DC residents and were able to raise enough funds for treatment of 8 children for one full year. We are appreciative for the support of the local community and the sponsors.

6th Annual Bazaar - March 2014

6th Annual Bazaar1 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn March 16th over 10,000 supporters of ISCC attended its 6th annual Nowruz Bazaar at Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. They all gathered for a common cause, to support underprivileged children with cancer and to celebrate the arrival of Persian New Year. This annual event has become a tradition among the residents of Southern California.

The Bazaar features a variety of delicious homemade torshis, jams, pastries, haft seen items and entertainment for children and adults. The attendees were welcomed by a beautiful haft seen and a room full of enthusiastic volunteers excited to serve the attendees. Children were entertained by Haji Firooz, Amoo Norooz, face painting, haftseen making and egg decorations.

The attendees and their children were encouraged to bring back their filled Ghollaks and receive new ones. At this event we were able to collect over 400 filled Ghollaks and also distribute over 2000 new ones.

Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan chair of the membership committee has been the Mc of this event for the past 6 years and once again kept the attendees informed and entertained throughout the day.

Through the hard work and endless dedication of volunteers and the support of the community this annual event has steadily grown in size for the past 6 years. ISCC is grateful for your support during the bazaar and throughout the year.

Antique Show and Exhibit

February 8th & 9th, 2014

Antique Show and Exhibit - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Saturday and Sunday February 8th and 9th Mrs. Zari Faripour, hosted an elegant antiques show at her residence in Encino. At this event she exhibited an exquisite collection of antiques pieces from different parts of the world. There were many captivating pieces of early 19th-century silver inlaid flatware and ornate antique silver platters and dishes.

In addition Ms. Mariam Ameri jewelry designer presented her beautiful collection of modern bold silver design.

One of the attendees said “I have not seen such visually captivating pieces of tapestry and termeh from late 18th century outside of Iran.”

At this two day event more than one hundred supporters visited the exhibit and over $8000 in net profits were made. Events like this are a great fundraising opportunity and a forum to introduce your friends to ISCC.

For more information please contact our office.

Iranian American Dental Association

January 22, 2014

Iranian American Dental Association - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC was invited by Iranian American Dental Association to attend their monthly meeting on January 22, 2014 at Olympic collection in Los Angeles. At this event ISCC was introduced to the attended and Mrs. Negin Mohammadzadeh Board president provided an overview of the organization. ISCC has been supported in the past by the Dental professionals and we look forward to closer relationships in the future.

Rancho Park Rotary Club

January 22, 2014

Rancho Park Rotary Club - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn January 22, 2014 Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli ISCC, Founder was the key note speaker at Rancho Park Rotary Club in Los Angeles. On this day Mrs. Tavakoli was accompanied by Mrs. Negin Mohammadzadeh Board president and a few of the staff and volunteers. The invitation and introductions were made by Mrs. Guity Javid current Rotary president. There were over 40 Rotarians in attendance and most expressed interest in further involvement with ISCC and its activities.

Speaking opportunities like this are nice setting for introducing ISCC to friends, club members and colleagues. To schedule similar event in your community please contact our office.

ISCC introduction Brunch

January 19, 2014

ISCC introduction Brunch - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn January 19, 2014 an elegant luncheon of more than 90 guests was held at the residence of Dr. Houshang and Mrs. Farideh Haghighat. This was the first gathering ISCC held in the inland empire. On this very special day a presentation was made by Mrs. Tavakoli, ISCC’s Co-Founder and more than $7,000 in donations was raised and many new contacts and memberships were created. On this special day Mrs. Khojaste Mortazavi once again donated her time and talent and mesmerized the attendees with her beautiful voice.

This is a great example of how a gathering of selected friends and acquaintances can be significant and create lasting results.

We are grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Haghighat for their generosity and compassion.

If you are interested in hosting your own gathering please contact our office for details and guidelines.

NIPOC Annual meeting

January 9,2014

NIPOC Annual meeting - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC participated at the Network of Iranian American professionals of Orange County annual market update on January 9th, 2014. Nipoc and its board of directors has been a longtime supporter of ISCC and our programs. ISCC also had a booth at gathering introducing the organization. The event was very well received by the local and national community.

2013

Brax Jewelers Holiday event

December 15, 2013

Brax Jewelers Holiday event - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn December 15th, 2013 Brax Jewelers hosted a Holiday event at their Newport Beach store in benefit of ISCC. This very heartwarming and festive event was attended by over 40 guests who became familiar with ISCC, shopped and participated in the raffle. K-von the popular comedian was the entertainer for the evening.

In speaking with the owner Amy Astaraee She said “This is our second year dedicating our Holiday event to ISCC and I can’t express how happy I am to do it. I feel the blessings of ISCC’s children all year long in my life and my business. Gladly I will be doing this for years to come."

Events like this are a great way to introduce ISCC to your network of friends and family. ISCC is grateful and appreciates Brax jewelers for dedicating their Holiday event to ISCC and making a difference in a child life.

Yalda celebration in Honor of ISCC Supporters and Donors

December 13, 2013

Yalda celebration in Honor of ISCC Supporters and Donors - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn December 13, 2013 ISCC hosted its first Annual Yalda celebration in honor of our continued supporters and donors. Yalda is considered the longest night of the year and the celebration of arrival of winter. This event was hosted and held at the resident of Mrs. Azam Abdollahi our board member and her generous spouse, Mr. Nemat Abdollahi with more than 100 donors and supporters in attendance.

This was truly a magical evening where we were taken back to Yalda nights in ancient Iran, complete with Traditional Korsi, dried nuts, watermelon, pomegranates and much more.

The attendees were also entertained by Mrs. Khojastee Mortazavi’s angelic voice performing Persian classical songs. Mrs. Khojastee Mortazavi is a long time dedicated and compassionate supporter of ISCC who has performed numerous times in benefit of MAHAK’s children.

Second Annual Holiday Open House

December 12, 2013

Second Annual Holiday Open House - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC hosted its second Holiday Open House on December 12th at our main office located in Irvine. This event was organized for a meet and greet between our staff, board members and the local supporters. More than 50 visitors attended the event and enjoyed refreshments, became more familiar with ISCC and picked up new Ghollaks. Although this event is only held once a year, our office is always open to anyone who is interested in visiting and learning more about our organization.

ISCC 6th Annual Gala

November 2, 2013

ISCC 5th annual gala - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityInternational Society for children with Cancer held its sixth gala and tribute in benefit of MAHAK children battling cancer. This Tribute was held once again at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine. Over 560 devoted supporters and donors traveled across the country and the globe to attend this memorable evening.

This year’s gala was truly the most memorable and heartwarming event yet. At this event ISCC was able to raise more than $300,000 which equals annual funds for more than 170 and cancer stricken children and their families. The event was hosted by Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan and Mr. Maz Jobrani. The entertainment for the evening was a performance by Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian, world renowned, award winning composer and Ms. Raeeka Yaghmai Shehabi, who mesmerized the audience with her angelic voice. The evening’s performance was a unique opportunity for the audience to see Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian with his 35 member orchestra.

One of the attendee said “Loris Tjeknavorian is a musician with vivid personality and great showmanship. Not only is he a master composer in addition he engages the audience and the result is magical.”

Another attendee said” One of the most beautiful evening I have experienced in a longtime, Came to the gala for support of the MAHAK children and left with a heartwarming feeling of having made a difference.”

Once again, we thank all those who honored us with their presence and look forward to welcoming all our patrons at our other events during the year.

IAW Conference New York

October 27, 2013

IAW NY - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn October 27, 2013 ISCC attended IAW conference in New York as an event sponsor. This was a unique opportunity for ISCC to be introduced to more than 500 new and potential supporters. This was one of the best conferences IAW has hosted with the most exceptional speakers. We are grateful for the partnership we have with IAW and their organizers.

Brunch in San Diego

October 27, 2013

Brunch in San Diego - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityA very pleasant brunch was hosted on October 27, 2013 by Mrs. Zeinab Nyakoui and her lovely Daughter Ms. Laila at their residence in San Diego to introduce ISCC to more than 40 of their close friends. At this event ISCC had an opportunity to introduce the organization, distribute Ghollaks and gather new monthly members. We are grateful to the Nyakoui Family for their generosity, kindness and humanity.

International Rotary

October 18, 2013

International Rotary - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn October 18, 2013 ISCC representatives attended a Rotary Foundation luncheon and represented the organization at a booth in the meet and greet section. At this event representative of ISCC introduced the organization to over 200 Rotarians in the district. This was a very productive event and ISCC was able to secure a number of speaking opportunities at the local chapters. ISCC has been a member of Rotary since 2012 and is very active in the Tustin/ Santa Ana Chapter.

An Evening Under The Stars

October 6, 2013

Evening under the stars - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityAn evening of charity and music was organized on October 6, 2013 at the resident of Mrs. Fattaneh and Mehrdad Eghbali. On this evening over 125 ISCC patrons and volunteers gathered to hear Mrs. Fattaneh Eghbali’s angelic voice and make a difference in a child life. The evening was hosted by Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan and her committee of volunteers. This beautiful evening was completed with a silent auction and a membership drive. We are grateful to the host, the hostess and their guests for their generosity and compassion.

ISCC 2nd Annual Family Festival

September 15, 2013

ISCC 2nd Annual Family Festival - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Sunday September 15th, 2013 ISCC held its Second Annual Family Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine. On this day over 600 local attendees joined us for a 2k walk around the lake, a volleyball tournament with 8 competitive teams, kids programs, music, snacks and lunch. We had the pleasure of having Ms. Ziba Shirazi mesmerize the guests with her beautiful voice and emotional lyrics.

This year the annual Festival was dedicated to Parto Rohani, courage’s young girl battling Cancer. Last year Parto attended the event and cut the ribbon for commemorating the walk. Unfortunately due to her health issues she was not able to attend our event. We wish her a speedy recovery.

This event could not have been possible without the support of Sponsors, Volunteers, NHS cheer team, NCL and our dedicated Participants. We also are grateful for the support of the local Iranian Organizations, IAW, NIPOC and SBG.

September is childhood cancer awareness month, we are grateful for the support of the community that gathered to give underprivileged children with cancer a voice. Events like this allow the community to join hands and make a difference in a child s life.

IAW Conference Orange County

September 8, 2013

IAW Conference Orange County - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC participated at the Iranian American Women Leadership Foundation conference on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Costa Mesa Hilton.

ISCC was an event sponsor and had a booth at conference introducing the organization. On this day ISCC was introduced to over 500 attendees and distributed over 500 piggy Banks. The event was very well received by the local and national community and the lineup of the speakers was very impressive. ISCC has partnered with IAW on their conferences since inception of the first conference. We are proud to be a sponsor at such an inspiring, motivational and informative conference.

Tribute to Angels of Mahak 2013

May 11, 2013

image1 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn May 11, 2013 ISCC held its first Tribute to Angels of MAHAK in Los Angeles. This event was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and More than 500 guests were in attendance. This very special evening was hosted by Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan and Mr. Houshang Touzie and was followed by a breath taking fashion show by Mrs. Simin Rouhani Taghdiri showcasing her extravagant evening and bridal fashion. The evening festivities were followed by a short speech by Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli familiarizing the audience with ISCC/MAHAK and its mission. The evening was concluded with a concert symphony by Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian and Ms. Raeeka Shahabi Yaghmai who mesmerized the audience with her angelic voice.

The evening gave the attendees an opportunity to enjoy the entertainment and make a lasting difference in a child’s life. Event’s like this are a constant reminder for us that we are surrounded by so many benefactors who are eager to help us get closer to our goals.

We are grateful to all Sponsors, in-kind Donors and Attendees for making this an unforgettable evening.

ISCC Annual Nowruz Bazaar 2013

March 17, 2013

Our Most recent charity activity - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn March 17, 2013 ISCC held its fifth annual Nowruz Bazaar at Marriott Hotel in Irvine. Over 9,000 supporters gathered for a common cause, to support underprivileged children with cancer and to celebrate the arrival of Persian New Year. This annual event has grown extensively over the years and has become a tradition for Iranian in southern California.

The Bazaar features a variety of haftseen items, homemade pastries, Jams, torshis, Haji firooz, Amou Nowruz, entertainment for adult, children and much more. Most all the items sold at Nowruz Bazaar are donated goods from volunteers and local business sponsors. Preparation and cooking for this extravagant event typically starts in January and continues through the evening before the event. The day’s festivities began with attendees being welcomed by a beautiful haft seen designed by Mrs. Zahra Ghiassi. Mrs. Ghiassi a very talented and dedicated volunteer designed the Haft seen with an exquisite use of traditional and antiques items creating a very harmonious and beautiful display.

Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan the famous radio personality and a longtime volunteer and supporter of ISCC, hosted the event and created a warm atmosphere with her witty humor.

Thousands of attendees and their children brought their filled Ghollaks and picked up new ones. As one attendee emotionally stated “ After being away from Iran for many years and being home sick, I finally felt like Nowruz has arrived and I felt at home”.

Sentiments like this were being heard throughout the day by attendees. This event gives the community an opportunity to teach their children about our rich culture and tradition, spend quality time with family and complete their Nowruz shopping, all while raising awareness and support for a wonderful cause

Event like this are not possible without the dedication of more than 200 volunteers and the support of our community and for that we are appreciative and grateful.

2012

Toy drive with a Twist

December 21, 2012

Toy drive with a Twist - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityThis holiday season ISCC held their first annual toy drive to benefit teens at Children Hospital of Orange County. For this toy drive ISCC partnered with WD partners an architecture firm and National Charity League and collected over 100 gift cards and handmade holiday get well cards. We called it Toy drive with a twist, instead of asking for toys we requested $20 gift cards for teens to be donated to Choc hospital in Orange. These gift cards were delivered to CHOC hospital On December 21st prior to their holiday event.

ISCC is glad to play a small part in putting a smile on a child face this holiday season. To get involved and host similar programs at your business or within your community please contact our office.

First Annual Holiday Open house

December 13, 2012

First Annual Holiday Open house - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC hosted an open house on December 13th in order to introduce the organization to several businesses and donors located in our building, as well as community members and businesses that operate close by.

This event was very well received by our neighboring offices and the community. We had over 50 visitors throughout the day, who became familiar with ISCC, enjoyed refreshments, participated in raffles and received new Ghollaks.

Brax Jewelers Holiday Event

December 9 , 2012

Brax Jeweler - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn December 9th, 2012 Brax Jewelers hosted a Holiday event at their Newport Beach store in benefit of ISCC. This very festive event was attended by over 50 guests, who enjoyed an evening with friends, shopped, participated in the raffle and were entertained by K-Von the comedian.In speaking with the owner Amy Astaraee She said’ the holidays are a time for sharing, caring and giving to those in need and I am very glad to be able to make a difference and introduce ISCC to my friends and clients.’

Events like this are a great way to introduce ISCC to your network of friends and family. ISCC is grateful and appreciates Brax jewelers for dedicating their Holiday event to ISCC and making a difference in a child life.

ISCC Annual Gala 2012

November 3, 2012

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Each year, the International Society for Children with Cancer (ISCC) holds a fundraising gala to benefit MAHAK children battling cancer. The gala is the biggest fundraising event of the year for ISCC and this year it took place at the Irvine Hyatt Regency Hotel. Devoted supporters traveled from across the globe to attend this memorable event.

The 2012 gala was an amazing success, with more than 850 guests in attendance, which helped raise funds for more than 250 cancer stricken children and their families. This gathering was hosted by Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan and Maz Jobrani. To honor their unsparing support, the guests were entertained with wonderful performances by Persian pop superstar Martik and vocalist Rana Mansour.

Once again, we thank all those who honored us with their presence and look forward to welcoming all our patrons at our other events during the year.


Summer Festival

July 15, 2012

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On Sunday July 15th, 2012 ISCC held its first annual summer festival at Mason Regional park in Irvine. This fun filled day started at 8am with a 2k walk around the lake, a volleyball tournament with 9 competitive teams, kids programs, lots of food and entertainment for the whole family.

The day's festivities could not have been made possible without the support of our Sponsors, volunteers, NCL volunteers, NHS Cheer team and our participants.

The most memorable part of the day was having partou one of our young participants perform the walk-a-thon ribbon cutting ceremony. The energy and excitement of the day was definitely contagious. We hope for this event to become a tradition to support a worthwhile cause.

Membership Brunch

July 1, 2012

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On July 1st, 2012 Mrs. Ladjevardi hosted a very beautiful brunch at her home to introduce ISCC and increase monthly/annual memberships. At this event she invited over 100 of her close friends and family to support our cause. The brunch was a huge success and we were able to increase our monthly membership numbers and raise a substantial amount of funds. Monthly and annual membership can and will allow us to continue our programs and have a steady stream of donations to count on.

Through initiative and dedication of Mrs. Ladjevardi and Mr Rezapour we were able to dramatically increase our monthly members.

IAW conference

June 23, 2012

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ISCC participated at the Iranian American Women Leadership Foundation conference on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Washington D.C.

Mrs. Negin Mohammadzadeh, ISCC Board President was one of the panelist and speakers in Women and philanthropy sessions.

ISCC also had a booth at conference introducing the organization. On this day ISCC was introduced to over 400 attendees. The event was very well received by the local and national community. The conference was inspiring, motivational and informative.

Afternoon Tea Party Introducing ISCC

June 24, 2012

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On June 24th, 2012 Mrs. Khalilian and Mr. Sira hosted an afternoon Tea party at their home in Potomac, MD to help introduce ISCC to the East coast community. This event was attended by over 40 philanthropists and benefactors. Through the introductions made at this event ISCC has been able to form a membership committee in DC. We hope to reproduce this concept in other parts of the country as well.

Choc hospital

May 30, 2012

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On June 5th, 2012 ISCC Board president and staff visited Choc hospital in Orange County. The invitation was extended by Major gifts officer at choc, to show case the construction phase of the new tower.

The tour and visit was very interesting and adventures complete with hard hats and neon construction jackets. The new tower is expected to enhance and transform the level of services offered to patients and their families. It is expected to truly make the hospital a freestanding children’s hospital with its own pediatric surgical suites, emergency department, radiology and pathology department. The expected completion time for this new tower is late fall and the hospital officials hope for the new tower to be fully functional by spring of 2013.

Children hospital of Los Angeles

May 30, 2012

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On May 30th, a group of ISCC directors and staff visited Children’s hospital of Los Angeles for an annual tour and visit of the new hospital building. Children’s hospital of Los Angeles is a yearly grant recipient by ISCC. It is one of many organizations we provide supports to locally.

Children’s hospital of Los Angeles is one of the finest medical and surgical hospitals for seriously ill and injured children in United States.

The new building completed in July of 2011 offers many new amenities in an effort to create a more cheerful surrounding, more space for patient’s families and a premiere health care setting for the care of children.

We are proud to be a supporter of this hospital and its mission.

Fashion for Passion

May 9 , 2012

Fashion for Passion - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOn Wednesday, May 9th VALENTINO at South Coast Plaza closed its doors to the public from 12 – 2 p.m. to host a private luncheon benefiting ISCC. The delightful luncheon was attended by ISCC supporters who shopped for a cause.

Hamed Nikpay In concert

April 29, 2012

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On Sunday, April 29th Zang Record presented a concert to benefit children of ISCC by fusion Vocalist fusion Vocalist Hamed Nikpay vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. This exclusive concert was held at a private home in Pacific Palace aids and was very well received by the Iranian community specially the followers of Hamed Nikpay.

On this particular evening Hamed with his highly acclaimed music ensemble mesmerized the audience with his angelic voice. ISCC is grateful to have this young artist among its supporters and appreciates him shining a light on our cause and making a difference. In addition we are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Dalili for opening their home to ISCC and Dr. Shahnaz Nikpay from Zang record production.

Art Auction

April 22, 2012

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On Sunday, April 22 a charity Art auction was held at Mrs. Ensieh Tasdighi’s home in Beverly Hills to benefit children of ISCC. Through Mrs. Tasdighi’s extensive efforts she was able to gather paintings from many of the local and international artists and more than one hundred of her friends attended the gathering and participated in the art auction. The event was hosted by radio personality, Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan and included a silent auction, art exhibition, musical performance and a live auction. ISCC appreciates the efforts of Mrs. Tasdighi and we hope to have similar events in near future.

Walk for Wishes

April 21, 2012

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A wish improves children's state of mind, replacing fear with excitement and helping them to feel like kids again. ISCC is proud to have been an essential part of granting such a wish. Before Alejandro Age 12 was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, he used to go to his friend's house and play video games. Since he started receiving chemotherapy treatments, he had not been able to go out much. His only wish was to receive electronics and games to keep him occupied during the long treatment cycles. In December 2011, ISCC and Make a Wish Foundation partnered together in granting Alejandro's wish.

On Saturday, April 21st, ISCC staff and thirty-three dedicated ISCC volunteers joined thousands of local supporters, at the Orange County Great Park for Make a Wish Foundations second annual walk a thon. This was a day of inspiration, fun, food and a spirited two-mile walk for wishes. The walk was a great opportunity for ISCC to once again participate in our local community, introduce our organization and make a difference.

A heartfelt thank you goes to our amazing volunteers for making this another special day of fun, unity and fundraising. A special recognition goes to our ever so patient, talented and kind video and photographer Mr. Riahi from Sayeh Video and Photography. He has been a supporter of ISCC and its programs for many years. We are honored and grateful to have such amazing volunteer on our team.

ISCC’s 4th Annual Nowruz Bazaar

- March 11, 2012

ISCC 4th Annual Nowruz Bazaar - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityThis year Spring arrived early in Orange County; On March 11th over 4,000 supporters of ISCC attended its 4th annual Nowruz Bazaar and Ghollak Shekan at Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. They all gathered for a common cause, to support underprivileged children with cancer and to celebrate the arrival of Persian New Year. This annual event has become a tradition among the residents of Southern California. The Bazaar features a variety of delicious homemade torshis, jams, pastries, haft seen items and entertainment for children and adults. The attendees were welcomed by a beautiful haft seen and a room full of enthusiastic volunteers selling different items. Children were entertained by Amir Pakroo as Haji Firooz in his red suit, Ardavan Mofid as Amoo Norooz, face painting, haftseen making and egg decorations. The attendees and their children were encouraged to bring back their filled Ghollaks and receive their Nowruz Eidi. ISCC was able to collect over 200 filled Ghollaks and also distribute over 600 new ones. This year, the honorable Sukhee Kang Mayor of Irvine and Beth Krom Mayor pro-tem were among many of our distinguished guests attending the event. We also had the pleasure of having renowned authors, Firoozeh Dumas and Zohreh Ghahremani who signed copies of their books for visitors, among our guests. Shahrzad Ardalan the famous radio personality, and a long time ISCC supporter and volunteer hosted the event. As she stated, "this event gives the community an opportunity to teach their children about our rich culture and tradition, spend quality time with family and complete their Nowruz shopping, all while raising awareness and support for a wonderful cause". Through the hard work and endless dedication of volunteers and the support of the community this annual event has steadily grown in size for the past 4 years. ISCC is grateful for support during the bazaar and throughout the year.

2011

ISCC Annual Gala Dinner and Auction : Hyatt Regency Irvine

- October 8, 2011

1122 300x200 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityIn 2011 the gala was held on October 8th at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. The event was an amazing success with 700 guests in attendance, which helped raise funds for 250 cancer stricken children and their families.

Dr. Zohreh Ghahremani poet and author of Sky of Red Poppies, summed up the evening very beautifully.

“Until recently, the name MAHAK had meant little to me. Yes, I knew the definition of the word in Persian, but so far had only referred to its poetic application in testing purity. It took a recent gathering at a friend’s house to give that word its new meaning. I now see the unification of MAHAK and ISCC (International Society for Children with Cancer) as a window of hope for thousands of needy children, whose innocent eyes watch the dark cloud of cancer spreading over their heads. Without MAHAK they would have no access to treatment, but even if they did, the unfairness of poverty against the high cost of such treatment would impede their hopes. Seven hundred guests attended the event and it was organized in a most elegantly Fashion. Our popular and capable MCs – Ms. Shahrzad Ardalan and Mr. Houshang Touzie– out did themselves as they opened the evening by bringing a smile to everyone’s face and putting the audience at ease. After an eloquent speech by Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli, who reported an impressive data of MAHAK’s accomplishments, a documentary was shown about the Cancer center in Iran and the children who had received successful treatment. To say that the global accomplishments of ISCC and MAHAK are impressive would be a huge understatement. I left that event knowing that unless I joined and did my share to help, I would forever be haunted by the sad look I had seen in those children’s eyes.

For many days to come I was unable to shake off the deep sorrow and finally, when I could no longer bear the thought of those children, I wrote about them. I absorbed their pain, hoped their hopes until one night, there came a moment when I became one with those kids. That was how I wrote my poem and why I agreed to read it before a crowd of six hundred and fifty. While reading that poem, my voice was no longer that of a middle aged writer, it came out of a child’s throat, a child who needed you, and me, and anyone who could reach out to them. To be present at a fundraiser for such a worthy cause is an incredible experience. It is gratifying, uplifting, and even ethereal. Throughout that evening, that kind-hearted crowd had become one and its name was humanity. As the MC’s began to gather and announce names of sponsors, the crowd cheered with each single donation. The room’s charged atmosphere reminded me of the euphoria in the dance of the twirling dervish.

This had to be how the dancers felt, each moment flying higher than the last, each step

feeling closer to the beloved. Up on the stage, the digital screen that had previously showed us MAHAK’s cancer center was now lit with a collage of 250 innocent faces. I couldn’t abandon the thought that these were real children, our own kids suffering far away and we were their last hope.

The crowd was asked to sponsor these little angels and to subsidize one child’s treatment for a year. As each child found a sponsor, the computer clicked on his or her picture, changing the image into a lovely rose. The new squares were all part of a big picture, that of a field of roses. The promise of possibly viewing the entire field kept the audience going and slowly but surely, more flowers appeared on the screen.

By the time the entire symbolic field of roses had opened up, it was past midnight. It had taken my husband and I over an hour to reach Irvine and we needed to drive back before we ran out of energy. However, as some of the audience approached to tell me my poem had touched their hearts, their words gave me the needed vigor and I felt less and less tired. On the drive back, I recalled a speech from a long time ago and the speaker’s words now echoed with more clarity. “Don’t ever think that what you do is not enough, or that your actions can never change the world. Just remember this: When you do nothing, you remain a zero, but as you make an effort, you become a number, no matter how small. And change can only come about when the numbers add up.”

I am filled with pride for being an Iranian, proud of being human, but most of all, I feel proud for having changed my number and no longer being the big zero. We can all be a number, numbers that may someday add up and make the world a better place for all.”

An Unforgettable Evening Thank you to our Sponsors and Auction & In-kind donors

Ghollak Shekan -- Family Fun Festival, Van Nuys, CA

- September 25, 2011

Gholak shekan L.A - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityThe Campaign to Increase Children’s Cancer Awareness and Financial Support Through endless dedication of volunteers, and great community support the second ISCC Ghollak Shaken Family Festival (Piggy Bank Opening Ceremony) took place on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Balboa Park Community Center in Encino, CA. Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan, the producer and host of 670AM KIRN Radio show and Ms. Goli Djahanbani Filippides headed the volunteer group. Attendees of all ages joined the festival from different parts of Los Angeles. The community center was filled with children’s laughter, adults socializing and getting to know each other all while providing their financial support by turning in their Ghollaks and picking up new ones. Everyone wanted to take part in helping thousands of underprivileged children with cancer. After welcoming the attendees, Mrs. Ardalan, ISCC’s Membership Chair answered questions about the crowd’s interest in increasing their support for our children. One of the ways that people can ensure these children are cared for is by joining ISCC’s 1,000 Member Campaign. Interested supporters can pledge a monthly membership amount that is suitable to them by signing up on ISCC’s website. The highlight of the day was honoring a young boy who had collected $76 in pennies in his Ghollak, through asking friends and family members for support. When asked what inspired him to do this act of kindness he said, “I am healthy, I want other children to be healthy too so we can play.” Bravo to him for wanting health for every child even if it just for being able to play together. We invite you to join us for our next Ghollak Shekan at our Annual Nowruz Bazaar in March 2012.

Ghollak Shekan -- Family Fun Festival, Irvine, CA

- September 10, 2011

Gholak shekan O.C Irvine - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityA Beautiful Tradition Being Created to Support A Worthwhile Cause! Through endless dedication of volunteers, and great community support the first ISCC Ghollak Shaken Family Festival (Piggy Bank Opening Ceremony) which, took place on September 10, 2011 at Turtle Rock Community Park in Irvine, California was a great success. The festival marked the beginning of an innovative campaign to increase awareness and financial support for thousands of underprivileged children with cancer while bringing the community together. It reunited old friends, created new friendships and gave families the opportunity to spend quality time together. Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli, co-founder of ISCC, gave an inspirational speech about the great work ISCC does throughout the world. Mrs. Zohreh Ghahremani, recited a thought-provoking poem she had written, which reminded the visitors and volunteers of the great cause they were supporting. The highlight of the day was honoring a young girl who was able to collect $400 in her Ghollak, through savings from her allowance and asking family and friends to donate. However the main lesson she thought us was when she said, "I wanted to make a difference no matter how small". Bravo to her family for teaching her such important lessons early in life We invite you to join us for our next Ghollak Shekan at our Annual Nowruz Bazaar in March 2012.

Comics without Borders: Los Angeles Laugh Factory

- August 9, 2011

Comic without borders - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityHelping us bring laughter and hope back into their lives! In efforts to help raise funds and increase awareness about underprivileged children with cancer supported through ISCC, Ms. Cassie (Ghazaleh) Tajbakhsh founder and producer of "Comics without Borders" put together a night of comedy at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, CA. The evening featured host Mike Batayeh along with comedians, Max Amini, Peter the Persian, Kira Soltanovich, Brian Scolaro and Kevin Nealon, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

Association Iranian American Professionals

- July 27, 2011

Association of Iranian American professionals - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC was invited to introduce ISCC and MAHAK to Association of Iranian American Professionals in San Diego, CA. Ms. Tolbert the Executive Director and Ms. Mahasti, Director of Planning and Community Affairs attended the meeting. Ms. Tolbert was given the opportunity for twenty minutes to introduce ISCC and MAHAK to ninety-five of the attending members.

Private Fundraiser at Dr. Ali and Dr. Haida Mojdehi

- July 23, 2011

Private fundraising of Dr Ali Dr - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityAn elegant gathering of more than 100 guests was held at the beautiful residence of Dr. Ali and Dr. Haida Mojdehi in La Jolla, CA. After presentations by Mrs. Tavakoli, ISCC’s Co-Founder the charitable attendants made generous donations.

Nowruz Bazaar in support of children with cancer: Newport Beach, CA

- March 13, 2011

2011 Nowruz bazaar - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOver one hundred volunteers helped ISCC at its third annual Nowruz Bazaar held at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, CA and more than 3,000 people attended this festive event. The Bazaar's goal is to not only provide its attendees with a variety of traditional Persian New Year Haftseen items, homemade jams, tourshis, sholezard, ash reshteh, baghlava, sohan asal, and other sweets as well as flowers and shokoofehs, but also to teach our children about the beautiful Persian culture through a number of activates such as Haftseen making and learning the story behind each item set on the table.

2010

A Night of Tribute to Angels of MAHAK

- October 2, 2010

2010 night of tribute to angles of MAHAK - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityThe second annual ISCC fundraising Gala to benefit MAHAK was held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Mrs. Ghods, MAHAK's founder, and Dr. Karbassizadeh, the founder of MAHAK hospital, were both in attendance on this special night. The event was an amazing success with 700 guests in attendance. It was hosted by comedian/actor Mr. Maz Jobrani and radio personality Ms. Shahrzad Ardalan. At the end of the evening a special performance by guest of honor Maestro Shardad Rohani was enjoyed by all. Thank you to our Sponsors and In-Kind Donors

Family Arts Festival

- June 12, 2010

Family Art festival - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityFamily Arts Festival is a day of cultural activities, performances, and food celebrating the contemporary and traditional arts and culture of Iran held annually in New York. Mr. Hamidreza Ghahari, ISCC’s East Coast representative was invited to introduce ISCC / MAHAK to the public attending the festival.

Iranian American Society

- April 18, 2010

Iranian American Society - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityPalos Verdes, CA Mrs. Negin Tafazzoli, Ms. Showleh Tolbert, and Ms. Nazanin Fathi made a presentation to a group of 60 caring residents of Palos Verdes Peninsula about Mahak and ISCC and their respective goals and activities.

Private Fundraiser at Mrs. Eftekhar Haddadzadeh’s Residence

- January 13, 2010

Private fundraising Mrs Eftekhar - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityAn elegant luncheon for 80 guests was held at the beautiful residence of Mrs. Eftekhar Haddadzadeh in Beverly Hills. After presentations by members of ISCC’s Board of Directors, its Executive Director and Mrs. Shahrzad Ardalan the charitable attendants made generous donations.

2009

University Park Clubhouse Fundraiser: Irvine, CA

- June 14, 2009

University park clubhouse - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityA beautiful private fundraising gathering kindly put on by Ms. Farahnaz Mahini. Ms. Saideh Ghods, Ms. Fereshteh Tavakoli, and Ms. Negin Tafazzoli spoke to the group of 50 guests in attendance. A light dinner, poetry recitations and beautiful live music were enjoyed by the group as well.

Visionary of the Year Award

- May 30, 2009

Visionary of the - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityCosta Mesa , CA Coastline Community College headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and serving more than 14,000 students locally each year bestows Visionary of the Year Awards. The awards honor outstanding leaders who have demonstrated passion and support for education, leadership achievements and community improvement efforts locally and afar. Mrs. Fereshteh Tavakoli, Co-founder and Chair of ISCC was honored as Coastline Community College Foundation's 2009 Visionary of the Year for her vision, passion, leadership and outstanding philanthropic efforts.

Norooz Bazaar in support of Mahak : Costa Mesa, CA

- March 14, 2009

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2008

Private Fundraiser at Dr. Susan Daijavad’s Residence

- May 31, 2008

2008 Private fundraising - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityAn elegant gathering of more than 100 guests was held at the beautiful residence of Dr. Susan Daijavad in Atherton. After presentations by members of ISCC’s Board of Directors the charitable attendants made generous donations.

Celebration & Hope Fundraiser

- May 17, 2008

2008 Celeberation and Hope - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityFirst ever fundraiser for ISCC was held in conjunction with PASHA (Persian American Society for Health Advancement) at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. The event was a great success with more than 370 people in attendance.

Music & Art World Norooz Dance Festival

- January 23, 2008

Music and Art - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityA presentation was made by Mrs. Tavakoli to a group of young parents. Activities of Mahak and ISCC were explained and Pari’s Readathon Project presented.

PASHA (Persian American Society for Health Advancement) Seminar at UCLA

- May 2, 2008

PASHA - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityA presentation was made by Mrs. Mohammadzadeh to a group of doctors, medical and pre-med. UCLA students. Both Mrs. Tavakoli and Mrs. Mohammadzadeh answered questions after the session. A number of those present signed up as young volunteers to help ISCC.

IAMA (Iranian American Medical Association) – Javaan Annual Conference

- January 19, 2008

IAMA conference - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityAt this annual gathering of young Iranian physicians, Mrs. Mohammadzadeh introduced Mahak and ISCC to the crowd of about 60 people.

Rancho Park Rotary Club

- January 16, 2008

2008 Rancho Park - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityMrs. Tavakoli made a presentation in Farsi to a group of 50 Rotarians about Mahak and ISCC and their respective goals and activities.

2007

12th Annual NIPOC (Network of Iranian American Professionals of Orange County) Mehregan Festival

- October 13-14, 2007

12th Annual NIPOC Mehregan - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC had a booth at the event in Orange County run by a group of young volunteers. Information was given out to attendees and donations were collected.

Ibn Sina Foundation

- September 30, 2007

Ibn Sina Foundation - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityMrs. Tavakoli and Mohammadzadeh made a presentation at this organization in Orange County with nearly 200 people in attendance. Funds were donated to help ISCC in its mission.

APSIH (Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage)

- April 22, 2007

2007 APSIH - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityScholarship Event Information Booth set up to introduce MAHAK & ISCC to members and event attendees.

Los Angeles Marathon

- March 4, 2007

2007 Los angles Marathon - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityA team of 7 young volunteers represented ISCC at the L.A. Marathon.

Laguna Hills Fundraiser

- February 24, 2007

2007 Laguna Hills fundraiser - Our Most Recent Charity ActivitySoheila Afshari hosted a private fundraising gathering at her home in Laguna Hills.

Harbor View Community Clubhouse Fundraiser

- February 18, 2007

2007 Harbor view - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityOur biggest private fundraising gathering kindly put on by Ms. Shahla Nowroozi. All expenses were donated by a group of charitable friends. Ms. Fereshteh Tavakoli and Ms. Kiana Sharifi spoke at the event while 15 young volunteers helped out. There were 150 people in attendance.

KIRN 670 AM

- January 4, 2007

2007 KIRN 670 AM - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityMrs. Tavakoli, along with the organization's volunteer Sara Mohammadian, were invited to speak with radio show host Mrs. Ardalan about the history and mission of both ISCC and MAHAK.

2006

Persian American Society for Health Advancement (PASHA)

- November 1, 2006

2006 PASHA - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityMrs. Tavakoli introduced ISCC and MAHAK to the group at UCLA. She is invited to speak again at a later date.

Westlake Village Chapter of Rotary International

- October 27, 2006

2006 Westlake village - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityMrs. Tavakoli & Jahanbeglary were invited to introduce ISCC to the club. The organization's dedicated volunteer Saman Mohammadian spoke specifically about the young members of ISCC and the extent of their involvement.

Mehregan Festival at Pierce College

- October 22, 2006

2006 Mehregan Festival - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC exhibit successfully run solely by young volunteers to help spread the word about ISCC and MAHAK.

Ibn Sina Foundation

- October 15, 2006

2006 Ibn Sina - Our Most Recent Charity ActivitySecond invitation by this organization in Orange County with nearly 120 people in attendance. Mrs. Tavakoli spoke about the ISCC and our young group of volunteers were present to collect funds donated. This fundraising event had a better result than anticipated.

11th Annual NIPOC Mehregan Festival

- September 9-10, 2006

2006 11th annual Nipoc Mehregan - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityISCC had an exhibit at the event in Orange County run by young volunteers to help spread the word about ISCC & MAHAK. It was a huge success.

KIRN 670 AM

- August 28, 2006

Mrs. Tavakoli & Jahanbeglary were guests of a radio show introducing the history and mission of MAHAK & ISCC.

Niosha Dance Academy

- May 12, 2006

Mrs. Niosha Nafei, founder of the academy in Sacramento, CA invited Kiana Sharifi to speak on behalf of ISCC prior to a live performance. Half of the proceeds from the program was donated to ISCC.

The Los Angeles Marathon

- March 19, 2006
2006 Los angleles marathon - Our Most Recent Charity Activity

IMAN Foundation

- January 3, 2006

2006 Iman Foundation - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityMrs. Tavakoli & Jahanbeglary made a presentation introducing ISCC to IMAN members

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2005/ 2004

Ibn Sina Foundation (Educational/Cultural Institute)

- October 23, 2005

2005 Sina Foundation - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityMrs. Tavakoli & Jahanbeglary introduce ISCC to an audience of 120 people

Mrs. Ghods & Dr. Karbasizadeh in the U.S.

- 2004-2005

Mrs Ghods and Dr Karbasizadeh in USA 2005 - Our Most Recent Charity ActivityMessage of Mahak & ISCC spread

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