2016 Conference of Champions Presentations & Videos
Conference of Champions Event Materials
Believe It. Achieve It.
Another Day, Another Yes: This short video uses homemade video clips from across the country to show the breadth and scope of ways Arthritis Foundation volunteers, partners and staff are making an impact on people’s lives and being Champions of Yes.
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Opening Session - Looking Back at 2016: In this short recap video from the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Conference of Champions kickoff in Denver, Michael Ortman, retiring chair of the board of directors, cites top accomplishments within each of the organization’s four mission pillars during the year.
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Opening Session - Why the Arthritis Foundation Exists: In this short recap video from the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Conference of Champions kickoff in Denver, Michael Ortman, retiring chair of the board of directors, shares examples of individuals who benefitted from the organization’s efforts in 2016.
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Opening Session - We Are the Torchbearers: In this short recap video from the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Conference of Champions kickoff in Denver, Ann M. Palmer, president and CEO, describes the new frontier of our organization’s work – and why we’re raising the bar, as the torch is passed, to take on the great challenges before us.
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Measuring Our Mission Impact
Making an Impact: This short video illustrates how the Arthritis Foundation’s mission programs and services have made an impact on the lives of three individuals, through advocacy, tools and resources, connecting JA families and scientific research.
Measuring Impact - What Matters to People With Arthritis: At the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Conference of Champions, Cindy McDaniel, senior VP of consumer health and impact, reviews findings from a recent study identifying the things that matter most to the people we serve and what that means for our work going forward.
Our Impact - Now and in the Future: At the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Conference of Champions, Cindy McDaniel, senior VP of consumer health and impact, reviews findings from a recent study that shows what kind of impact the organization is making on people’s lives and opportunities we have to strengthen our work.
Practice Your Pitch Keynote
Evening of Honors
Champion of Yes - Mariah's Story: This short video tells the story of Mariah Aquino-Truss, national youth honoree for the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis, using homemade footage and photos provided by her mother, Tory. Tory talks about the difficulties Mariah faced when first diagnosed and how the family found much needed support through the Arthritis Foundation.
Champion of Yes - Joanna's Story: This short video tells the story of Joanna Helon, national adult honoree for the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Jingle Bell Run, using homemade footage and photos. Now a young mother, she was diagnosed with arthritis as a child. Soon after, Joanna and her parents got involved with the Foundation – and 2016 marks the 21st season of fundraising for her Jingle Bell Run team, Jo’s Jinglers.
Mayro Kanning, Champion Award Honoree: This short video, excerpted from a longer piece from a few years ago, shows the obstacles Mayro Kanning has had to endure most of her life due to arthritis. A former national honoree for the Walk to Cure Arthritis, Mayro and her two team captains, Mike Brown and Mark Whited – of Mayro’s Milers – were honored with the Arthritis Foundation’s Champion Award at the 2016 Conference of Champions for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Foundation’s life-changing work.
The Ryan Family: Flashback to Seven Years Ago: Colleen Ryan won the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service, the organization’s highest annual honor. In this short video from 2009, Colleen explains what it was like to cope with the difficulties of juvenile arthritis, which affected her then 11-year-old daughter, Caitlin, and how the Arthritis Foundation became her family’s army in the fight against the disease.
Laughing With Host Matt Iseman: Matt Iseman is a licensed physician who has rheumatoid arthritis; he’s also a comedian, actor and host of the awarding-winning reality TV show, “American Ninja Warrior.” As host of our Evening of Honors awards ceremony, Matt begins the night with some comic relief about what living with arthritis is like.
Howley Prize for Scientific Research: See why this team – from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and the University of California, San Diego – was selected to receive our 2016 Lee C. Howley Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research, based on their report in the peer-reviewed journal, Science Translational Medicine.
Champion Awards to the Rubins and to Mayro’s Milers: The Arthritis Foundation’s Champion Award was presented to Stan and Adrienne Rubin of Los Angeles for their unwavering support of our work since 1965. This new award also went to Mayro Kanning of Cincinnati and her two longtime team captains for being a titanic trio. Watch highlights.
Champion Awards to Classic Auto Show Committee & to the Lear Corporation: The Arthritis Foundation’s Champion Award was presented to the committee of the 34-year-old Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In fundraiser in Dublin, Ohio. This new award also went to the Lear Corporation of Detroit and to the committed volunteer who brought us together, Bill Diehl. Watch highlights.
Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service: The Arthritis Foundation’s Harding Award is the highest, most prestigious honor the organization bestows every year – and it’s kept secret until this special moment. In 2016, we recognized volunteer extraordinaire Colleen Ryan of Long Beach, California. Watch highlights.
Pathway to a Cure
Our Rich History of Discoveries: Incoming board chair Bing Chang introduces this science session at the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Conference of Champions, where you’ll learn from Guy Eakin, senior VP of scientific strategy, about our organization’s significant contributions to arthritis research through the years. See the recap.
Our Future: At the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Conference of Champions, Guy Eakin, senior VP of scientific strategy, talks about four exciting initiatives we’re pursuing to make a monumental impact that will change millions of people’s lives in the years ahead. See the recap.
Announcing Our Major Gifts Campaign: Incoming board chair Bing Chang sets the stage for a major campaign to raise $15 million in new research funds. Then Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Ann Palmer summarizes how the “Be the One” campaign is an unprecedented opportunity for MANY to become united as ONE in this new era of scientific discovery.
Be the One
The Arthritis Foundation unveils a new life-changing campaign that centers around four groundbreaking initiatives to conquer arthritis: advancing osteoarthritis treatment; conquering childhood arthritis; cultivating new rheumatologists; and improving quality of care.
Recognizing Our Champions
What Makes You a Champion: This short video, from footage shot at 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis events, shares the thoughts and feelings of participants on why they get involved and why they’re Champions of Yes.
Special Events Hall of Fame: Denver radio personality and avid Arthritis Foundation champion Murphy Huston announces the most successful special events nationwide, putting the spotlight on those that have raised the most money for our work.
Jingle Bell Run: Denver radio personality and avid Arthritis Foundation champion Murphy Huston is joined by national adult honoree Joanne Helon, who announces the most successful Jingle Bell Run events and teams nationwide.
Marquee Events: Denver radio personality and avid Arthritis Foundation champion Murphy Huston announces the nation’s top-earning marquee events, plus recognizes recipients of the Mountain Mover and Unsung Hero Awards.
Walk to Cure Arthritis: Denver radio personality and avid Arthritis Foundation champion Murphy Huston is joined by national walk committee chair Tobie Anderson, who announces the most successful Walk to Cure Arthritis events and teams nationwide.
Board of Directors Meeting & Dinner
- Special thank you - coming soon
Be a Great Team of Champions: Three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL analyst Mark Schlereth shares his words of wisdom and inspiration to close the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 national conference. Hear him talk about what makes great teams and how to take success to significance.