SOURCE: Little People of America: Los Angeles Chapter

Little People of America: Los Angeles Chapter

September 23, 2011 20:33 ET

Little People of America: Los Angeles Chapter Celebrates October as National Dwarfism Awareness Month With a Fundraiser at Miceli's Italian Restaurant in Universal City, October 2, 11 AM - 2 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 23, 2011) - October has been declared National Dwarfism Awareness Month by Little People of America (LPA), the national support organization for people with dwarfism and their families. Throughout the year, LPA provides peer, parent, educational and medical support for the dwarfism community of 6,500 via over 70 Chapters active in all 50 states.

The Los Angeles Chapter of LPA has once again partnered with the landmark Miceli's Italian Restaurant in Universal City to raise community awareness of the challenges of dwarfism and celebrate National Dwarfism Awareness Month.

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Little People of America: Los Angeles Chapter Fundraiser
October 2, 2011 - 11 AM - 2 PM
Miceli's Italian Restaurant
3655 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Universal City, CA
Fantastic Italian Food • Games • Raffle Prizes • Karaoke!
Adults $12, Kids 12 and under $5
For Reservations & Tickets: Email or call 310.663.2343

"With October declared as National Dwarfism Awareness Month, our focus during this time is on Community Outreach -- especially to those families who have never partaken in all that LPA membership has to offer," said Gina Zingaro, President, LPA - Los Angeles Chapter. "We are blessed to have Miceli's partner with us on this Fundraiser. Through their generosity, we'll be able utilize 100% of our proceeds towards our efforts to reach new members, increase community awareness, and celebrate the diversity that LPA embodies throughout the year."

Little People of America began in 1957 with actor Billy Barty and 20 short-statured friends. The first LPA meeting was monumental for a group of people who were severely mislabeled and misunderstood by society. Today, LPA is a thriving international organization providing much needed support, education, educational scholarships, and community outreach. The Los Angeles Chapter of LPA is proud to be the home Chapter of national founder Billy Barty. It hosts events year-round, including fundraisers, group outings, community activities and the Annual Billy Barty Charity Poker Tournament.

For more information about LPA Los Angeles Chapter, contact: Gina Zingaro, President, LPA Los Angeles Chapter 310.663.9544
To make a reservation to this event, contact: Tom Hershey,
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More Facts About LPA and Dwarfism

  • Over 200 distinct forms of dwarfism have been identified and studied.
  • People with dwarfism are generally not taller than 4'10" at adult height. The typical height range is 2'8" to 4'5".
  • Eighty percent of people with dwarfism have average-height parents and siblings.
  • Parents with dwarfism can give birth to average-height children or children with dwarfism.
  • An estimated 30,000 people in the United States and 651,000 internationally live with some type of dwarfism.
  • LPA has 6,500 members across the United States and includes 70 chapters active in all 50 states.
  • LPA's Annual National Conference draws nearly 3,000 members together for a week of workshops, social events and sports of all kinds.

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