This will be my final year as chair of the AFSH Board, and I could not be more pleased to have served our profession in this capacity. It is because of the foresight of individuals like former chairs Rich Gelberman and Andy Weiland; the hard work of board members John Bednar, John Seiler, Michelle Carlson and Fred Fakharzadeh; and the administrative expertise of Danielle Roesmann that the recently completed 25th Anniversary Campaign exceeded all expectations. To some Board members, the idea of raising $5 million in three years seemed unachievable, but, in fact, the AFSH exceeded that goal by more than $3.4 million!
Actually, it was you, the individual ASSH members, along with our corporate partners, who really made this improbable dream come true. As a result of your generous response, we have established robust support programs in all three of our focus areas: Outreach (Touching Hands), Research and Education. Last year alone, the ASSH funded these three categories, plus our special named-award programs, to the tune of 790K - an AFSH record! If you go online to AFSH.org, you can review the complete list of AFSH programs, their specific accomplishments and the precise funding that was provided for each.
Now that the campaign is over, we need your support more than ever to maintain the momentum and vibrancy of the many new programs that were established. At an overhead cost of just 7%, there is no more efficient way to support your favorite charity. There are many ways to donate to the AFSH, so please check the instructions at AFSH.org. I personally will make a donation once again in honor of a special mentor. Last year, it was James N. Wilson, MD; this year, it will be John J. Niebauer, MD. Both of these individuals would be very proud of the AFSH if they could see it in operation today.