World Medical Relief Ford Volunteers
World Medical Relief Ford Volunteers. July 27, 2011, WMR, Detroit

DETROIT – The World Medical Relief (WMR) will celebrate its 59th anniversary in the evening of October 13, 2012 at the Laurel Manor Event and Banquet Center at 39000 Schoolcraft, Livonia, Michigan.

The gathering will be a unique mix of international and local guests, community and business leaders, representatives of the consular corps, physicians and volunteers.

The theme of the celebration is “Driving Healthcare Around the World.” It reflects the impact of WMR’s mission on the well-being of poor and sick people in many places around the world.

From its headquarters in Detroit medical supplies, medicines and medical equipment valued close to two billion dollars have been shipped in the last few years to countries hit by poverty, the effects of war and/or natural disaster. The shipments address the most basic medical needs as well as more complicated medical concerns.

The cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m. with entertainment to be provided by young pianist Paul Elliott. This will be followed by the official opening of the event at 7 p.m. with Marissa Villanos, six years old, singing the national anthem.

South African Pastor Mark Hovden Stephenson will give the invocation.  During dinner, the guests will be entertained by the Hula Dance Troupe of the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM).

This will be followed by some special events.

WMR President and CEO George V. Samson will deliver a speech to launch a one-year program calling for the sale of raffle tickets. The prize will be an ambulance loaded with medical supplies valued at more than $10,000.

The ticket sale will go on for one year or until 1,000 tickets are sold.

The winner will be able to ship the ambulance and medical supplies to his/her favorite overseas charity.

The drawing of this raffle tickets will take place during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of WMR on October 19, 2013.

The guests may purchase the tickets at the 59th anniversary affair on October 13, 2012.

During the this year’s celebration, outstanding volunteers, who are crucial to the operations of WMR, will be honored.

In 2011, 1,805 volunteers assisted WMR in its mission. Some of the volunteers came once, while the others came every week or even every day.

WMR led by President and CEO Samson will honor a remarkable person, veteran volunteer Mrs. Jackie Davis, who will receive the prestigious Irene M. Auberlin Award for her tremendous contribution to WMR’s mission.

WMR will also honor Farmington Hills pharmacist Nidhal Garmo with the Global Humanitarian award. She will receive the award in appreciation of her relief efforts in Iraq and her financial support for the establishment of the medical supply sorting center that has facilitated the packaging of WMR’s donations throughout the world.

The evening will be capped by ballroom dancing. Music will be provided by Carter’s Sight and Sound.

Tickets cost $100 each. The ticket price for students with ID is $50 each.

The tickets may be purchased online at or by mailing check to World Medical Relief, 11745 Rosa Parks Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48206.

For more information about the event, interested individuals or parties are urged to call 313-866-5333.

With its headquarters in Detroit, WMR was established in 1953 to address the needs of Korean War orphans.

Over the years, the organization has expanded its mission by providing medical aid to thousands of underserved people in the Detroit metropolitan area and in over 100 developing nations worldwide.