Lisa Kudrow: It’s Time to Return to the True Meaning of Mother’s Day

April 30, 2009

Lisa Kudrow teams up with Ploughshares Fund to call for a return to the true meaning of Mother’s Day

Actress Lisa Kudrow today called for a return to Mother’s Day’s original purpose, reclaiming May 10th , 2009 as  Mother’s Day for Peace.  “Did you know that Mother’s Day in America originated as a day to celebrate peace?” she asks in a video message.  “The holiday traces its roots to a mother’s plea for peace after the Civil War.”

Kudrow has teamed up with Ploughshares Fund’s Mother’s Day for Peace campaign to urge people everywhere to honor their mothers with a gift of peace.  “This year marks a moment of unprecedented hope for change, a year when President Obama and leaders from around the world have pledged to work together to build a nuclear weapon-free world. This is the year when all of us can join together to help set a new direction for global nuclear policy.”

Sons and daughters are invited to visit the Mothers Day for Peace website and add their voices to the growing call for zero nuclear weapons.  While there, they can also make an online donation in their mothers’ honor (or in honor of another special person).  In exchange, Ploughshares Fund will send the honoree a bouquet of roses, a sterling silver peace necklace or a handwritten card, telling her that a gift of peace has been made in her honor.  Donations will support dozens of organizations and people who are working to seize this unique moment and build a safer future for children and families worldwide.

“Mothers may only get one day out of the year set aside just for us,” says Kudrow, “but by celebrating May 10th as Mother’s Day for Peace, you can help ensure a brighter, more peaceful future for our children.”

About Lisa Kudrow:   Lisa Kudrow continues to bring her original sense of comedic timing and delivery to every role she takes on. She is best known for her role as Phoebe Buffay in the popular television series Friends, for which she was nominated for an Emmy award five times and won once, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award. Most recently audiences saw her in the DreamWorks film Hotel for Dogs. Prior to that she starred in P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and in the independent film Kabluey.  Her production company, Is or Isn’t Entertainment, produced the critically acclaimed HBO series The Comeback, which garnered three Emmy Award nominations, and the webseries Web Therapy in which Kudrow stars.  Is or Isn’t Entertainment is currently in production on a documentary series for NBC called Who Do You Think You Are, which traces the genealogy of a well-known person in each episode, which is due to premiere later this year.  Read more about Lisa Kudrow and her film credits here.

About Ploughshares Fund:  Dedicated to building a safe, secure, nuclear weapon-free world, Ploughshares Fund is the largest grantmaking foundation in the U.S. focusing exclusively on global security issues.  With offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Ploughshares Fund is supported by individuals, families and foundations.

Deborah Bain
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