The Arthritis Foundation bestowed its highest nationwide honors to several deserving recipients during its national meeting on November 20 in Atlanta.  The honorees are as follows:

Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service - Laura Robbins, DSW, of Brooklyn, NY.  This award recognizes a volunteer who has provided leadership, direction, time and talent to the Arthritis Foundation.  Dr. Robbins has served in various capacities for nearly 25 years. Shown with her husband.




 Heart of the Mission Award - Deb and Chris Uschan family of Sun Prairie, WI.  This award is given annually to a group or individual who has raised funds for and improved the lives of others through their unfaltering dedication to the mission of the Arthritis Foundation.  Shown with Wisconsin Chapter President, Judy Haugsland.



Lorraine Potocki Award - Autumn Ehnow of San Francisco, CA.  This award is named in honor of the first national chairperson of the Arthritis Walk event and is given to an outstanding Arthritis Walk chairperson who has mirrored the soul of the Arthritis Walk event.  Shown with Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jack Klippel and Cecile Perich, Arthritis Foundation National Chair


Jingle Bell Run/Walk Spirit Award - Colleen Bjornstad of Fargo, ND. This award is presented to an outstanding Jingle Bell Run/Walk chairperson who led their special event to success through spirit and determination.  Shown with Dr. Jack Klippel and Cecile Perich.



Development Volunteer of the Year -  Deborah Wohlers of Orange County, CA.  The award is given to a volunteer who has exemplified the true spirit of fundraising and has selflessly given their time, resources and energy to further the financial growth of the Arthritis Foundation.  Shown with Dr. Jack Klippel and Cecile Perich.

 Gala Excellence Award - Paul and Pam Sturkey of Cincinnati, OH.  This award highlights an outstanding dinner, gala or specialty party chairperson who epitomizes success in this special event category. Shown with Dr. Jack Klippel and Cecile Perich.



Community Excellence Award - Daniel Ricciardi, M.D. of Brooklyn, NY. The award is presented to a volunteer who has strengthened the Foundation through their vision for change, ability to inform and lead community-based volunteer committees.



Floyd B. Odlum Making a Difference Award - Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekah Assemblies.  This award, which honors an individual, organization, corporation or government agency that has helped make a difference in the lives of the people with arthritis.  This award went to The Odd Fellows, one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the country for their continued support.  Clarence Plant, Odd Fellows Arthritis Advisory Board Member is shown.

Phillip S. Magaram Award - Darryl L. Harris of Woodstock, GA.
  The Philip S. Magaram Planned Giving Leadership Award is given for outstanding volunteer leadership in planned giving. Not pictured.

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