Nick Vujicic for the Lifeline Foundation,

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The Lifeline Humanitarian Organization honored Milan Panic, the former Prime Minister of Yugoslavia and founder of ICN Pharmaceuticals, at a benefit Friday night for his distinguished service to humanity and extraordinary career. Proceeds from the event, held at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, will go to aid neonatal intensive care units in Serbia.
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine attended the ceremony, which was emceed by actress Lolita Davidovich.
As a teen, Milan Panic became the youngest officer to serve in the Yugoslav army in World War II. A decade after the war ended, Panic emigrated to the U.S. with $200 in his pocket and soon founded ICN Pharmaceuticals. Under Panic’s leadership. ICN developed drugs like L-DOPA, now used to ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and Ribavirin, the world’s first broad spectrum antiviral now used worldwide for the treatment of Hepatitis C. In 1992, Panic was appointed Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, eventually helping carve a path to democracy for what is now Serbia. Recently, Mr. Panic has been a broad supporter of various universities (USC, MIT, CalTech and Chapman) and charitable organizations, especially the Los Angeles Opera, for which he serves on the Board of Directors.

The Lifeline Humanitarian Organization is an international effort founded in 1993 as an urgent response to the tragic situation in the former Yugoslavia, which was afflicted by conflict and sanctions. HRH Crown Princess Katherine has strived to obtain and channel help through Lifeline and HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation. Over the years, Lifeline has strived to improve the lives of Serbian people. Lifeline has provided much-needed neonatal intensive care equipment, ultrasound machines, mobile mammography units, ambulances and medical training to improve the health and welfare of all those in need, regardless of religion or ethnic origin.


HRH Crown Prince Alexander
Royal Family of Serbia

HRH Crown Princess Katherine
Royal Family of Serbia

Lolita Davidovich
Actress & Emcee

Milan Panic (pronounced MEE-lahn PAH-nish)
Founder, ICN Pharmaceuticals
& Former Prime Minister of Yugoslavia

Dr. Harvey Karp

Marija Karan

Nick Vujicic
Christian Evangelist & Motivational Speaker

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