Arthritis Foundation 2013 Annual Report
Volunteers Make All the Difference
Volunteers are the backbone of the Arthritis Foundation. They lead committees. They advocate. They walk
and fundraise for a cure. Volunteers are our face and voice in communities across the country, expanding
the Arthritis Foundation’s reach exponentially. In short, our volunteers are hope in action for every person
living with arthritis.
Meet three committed Arthritis Foundation volunteers. They are just a few of many who do great work from
coast to coast for everyone who has arthritis.
Hope in Action
Jeffrey R. Brashares, Columbus, OH
Jeff has spent 30 years volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation, raising more than $1.7
million as the volunteer chair of the Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In event in Dublin, OH.
Because of this and his dedication to other fundraising initiatives, Jeff received the Award
for Innovative Philanthropy at the Arthritis Foundation’s 2013 Annual Meeting. This national
award recognizes extraordinary contributions to innovation and transformation of the
Foundation’s mission and services.
Deborah Snyder, Los Angeles, CA
In her spare time, Deborah is an arthritis awareness champion. In her professional career,
Deborah is a film producer of blockbusters like
Man of Steel
. She even helped the
Arthritis Foundation produce
, which has aired
nationwide. To raise even more awareness, Deborah has continually opened doors and builds
relationships that will have a lasting impact in our fight. She’s also a top fundraiser: As chair
of the Pacific Region’s 25th Annual Commitment to a Cure Awards Gala in Beverly Hills,
Deborah and her team raised nearly $1 million.
Deane Felter, Cromwell, CT
Diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis 20 years ago, and more recently with rheumatoid arthritis
and osteoarthritis, Deane became an Arthritis Foundation advocate in 2012 and participated
in his first Walk event. Since then he has stepped up and become an Arthritis Ambassador,
dedicating time each month to maintaining a relationship with his legislators, making sure
they understand and support issues and policy related to arthritis. Deane also helps further
arthritis research by being a patient reviewer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Institute (PCORI). He has contributed to a National Institute on Aging project to help make
homes safer for seniors and served as a consumer reviewer for the U.S. Department of
Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.