Dean Monti 2015-11-15 22:23:50
In this month’s Aspire, we feature the many faces of giving. Physicians, industry, community leaders, and others make up our rich and diverse donating population. Our supporters give for all manner of reasons, and in many different ways, but are unified by a common goal – to keep dermatology strong and vibrant. HUMBERTO ANTUNES, Chairman of Galderma Pharma S.A., C.E.O. of Nestlé Skin Health S.A. Moved up to President’s Ambassadors Society in 2015 My relationship with the Academy goes back almost 30 years. I always worked in dermatology, so taking care of the Academy is, in part, like taking care of our neighborhood. That is the environment in which I live, and intend to live in for the rest of my life. It is caring for the interests of dermatologists throughout the U.S. We’ve always been a sponsor of the Academy for many different programs and campaigns—I’ve sponsored the SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign for many years now. This year, AAD President Mark Lebwohl, MD, of whom I am an admirer, wrote me a letter and asked me to raise the bar to $10,000, so I did. Patient skin health needs are increasing, and that gives us a greater reason to support. We have a greater responsibility. Our donation shows leadership and provides an example, but it also goes beyond providing financial support—it means being involved personally in many of the Academy’s initiatives, and demonstrating a commitment to the specialty. Unity has been a keyword to the Academy, and being a major gift donor demonstrates our support to this unity for the future of dermatology. Our ambition remains focused and intense—to meet people’s skin needs over the course of their lives, and we will continue to do so by partnering with dermatologists for whom we develop our innovative medical solutions. JAMES ERTLE, MD Moved up to Leadership Circle in 2015 Although there are many fine organizations within our specialty, only the Academy can speak for all dermatologists. I was especially impressed with the help we received in Illinois on our successful campaign to amend the Tanning Parlor Law to exclude participation below the age of 18. From my perspective on the AAD Board and Committees, I have seen up close how essential a role the Academy has played to help private practitioners like me. My participation in the AAD’s SkinCare for Developing Countries program probably was what most motivated me to make a donation. REX AMONETTE, MD, & MRS. JOHNNIE AMONETTE Long-time donors who moved up to President’s Ambassadors Society in 2015 The American Academy of Dermatology has always been very near and dear to our hearts because of the quality of life we have enjoyed. Dermatology has always been so good to us, and we think of our fellow members and the staff as our extended family. We have always wanted to give back for the amazing life we have enjoyed. Someone once said, “To keep a lamp burning, we need to keep oil in it.” We have always wanted our wonderful Academy to continue its great work, and we will always support it. We increased our support this year because of the outstanding work our Community, Corporate and Philanthropic Relations team does, and because we are aware of the many challenges they face while doing such great work. We hope our giving will inspire others to increase their giving and allow our Academy to continue these amazing efforts. We encourage our fellow members to see their donation, not as an obligation or a duty, but as an opportunity to do something important for our very special AAD and its future. RON BERNE, MD, Director, A & G Dermatology Associates Tribute Donor Many of my patients have had a genuine impact on me and my office over the years. A gift in their honor or memory allows the relationship to have lasting value and seems an appropriate, respectful tribute in a dermatologic context. The notification of the unique personalized nature of the gift made in their name is always appreciated by the family. This gives us a direct way to demonstrate our caring for the patient’s memory, the family’s loss, and pay tribute to the trust that they’ve placed in our care and guidance over the years. Contributing to the AAD by giving funds seems an appropriate, meaningful, and worthy connection, and a perfect fit for our practice. Everyone involved benefits—past, present, and future. The families appreciate the impact our donations may make in someone else’s life going forward; it’s a meaningful, personal, memorable connection between that patient, our practice, and the field of dermatology. It’s a method of placing real significance on the relationship that patient had with our practice. BARBARA MATHES, MD, Incoming Secretary-Treasurer, AAD Moved up to President’s Circle in 2015 My first donation was decades ago to Camp Discovery. It was a life-changing experience for me and my first patient that I recommended for Camp. I was most recently inspired by the wonderful work of Suzanne Olbricht, MD, in her efforts to help raise money for a shade structure at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. My passion for the Academy, for dermatology and for dermatology causes motivated me to increase my support this year. When I became assistant secretary-treasurer for the Academy, I saw, first-hand, all the work the Academy does for its members, for patients, and for the specialty—so much I didn’t even know! The services the Academy provides to members are unparalleled, and we are a very efficiently run organization. If we want to remain a premier society and sustain programs —those that directly benefit members and those that impact patients, the community and the specialty—the Academy will need more than member dues and meeting fees. I can hardly ask others to give if I’m not doing it myself. And for me, it’s the least I can do; dermatology has been very good to me. I need to return the favor! MICHAEL KRAMER, MD, Vice President, Dermatopathology at Dermpath Diagnostics, AmeriPath, and Quest Diagnostics Long-time donor who moved up to President’s Circle in 2015 My wife Peg and I wanted to give back to the AAD because dermatology has prepared me for such great career opportunities. Our connection to summer camp runs deep. Peg’s parents were both teachers and owned and operated several summer camps. Peg was a camper from ages 1-15. I was a camper at two different summer camps in Massachusetts and subsequently a camp counselor and camp doctor many years later. Our three children were fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend summer camp in Massachusetts and then Maine. Support for Camp Discovery was “right up our alley!” Our increasing support has been directly linked to my continuing career opportunities and success. We want children afflicted with skin disorders to have the same opportunities to enjoy summer camp as our family has had. MOLLY HINSHAW, MD Gives monthly as an AAD Friends Circle donor Our AAD staff and members do an incredible amount of work on behalf of our specialty and our patients. Without the success of this work, our specialty would suffer from underrepresentation at the local, regional, and national levels. Through my mentor, Phoebe Rich, MD, and my work on various AAD committees and task forces, I have seen first-hand the work being done and the effort taken to be successful in achieving our goals—from support of lobbying efforts to support of Camp Discovery. I give monthly because monthly giving offers a consistent distribution of support to the AAD that enables them to budget, plan, and execute effectively. Periodic bursts of giving are also excellent. Regular, monthly giving provides funds that can be budgeted throughout the year to create new, sustained efforts on behalf of the practice of dermatology. We are one percent of the physicians in the United States, and as a relatively small specialty, we must all do our part to financially support our needs or someone else will adjust our specialty for us. Regardless of the type or amount of giving, remember to just give. STEVE SHAMA, MD, MPH, Principal of Joyworks Communications 1938 Legacy Society donor The Ride for Camp Discovery was established to engage my patients and others in supporting Camp Discovery. While I had devoted a great deal of my time over the years getting in shape for the one day, 100-mile bike ride, I felt that I needed to give both time and resources. Planned giving was a special way to give both. I think it’s important to leave something behind in this life, and we have an obligation—to the extent that we can—to financially contribute to our children, our extended families, and our communities. The AAD has given me so much over my career; it’s been my professional home. Setting aside a percentage of my assets for the AAD reminds me how grateful I have been for my career in dermatology. It makes me feel good today and every day of my life. Planned Giving is truly a gift that keeps on giving. SUSAN STRAUSS Former AAD President John Strauss, MD, and his wife Susan have supported Camp Discovery for decades, and she continues his legacy The thing closest to John’s heart was always dermatology. His father was also a dermatologist, so for John, it was part and parcel of his life from childhood. John’s parents and my parents were close friends, so it was part of my life quite naturally, as well. As children, both John and I were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to camp in the summer. Camp gave us the chance to learn how to interact with our peers—apart from our parents and home environment. As adults, we felt strongly that those who had compromises in their lives should not be denied the same pleasures and fun that camp had offered us. So it was natural for us to support Camp Discovery, which brought together John’s love for dermatology with our fondness for children’s programs. For us, giving comes from the heart and we have only given to those things that can give us a sense of satisfaction. Camp Discovery provided this because we knew the Academy was serious in their desire to bring enjoyment to those who could not possibly have a camp experience without steady donations like ours. For that reason, you can be certain I will continue to do all I can to maintain the legacy that Camp Discovery meant to John and still means to me. MARY OLHAUSEN, Executive Director, Oregon Dermatology Society Oregon Dermatology Society (ODS) is proud to contribute to Camp Discovery annually by raising funds through our Silent Auction, which is held in conjunction with our annual statewide Summer Meeting. Meeting attendees graciously and generously donate items to be auctioned off—popular items that generate high bidding are lodging packages and wine and gift baskets. Even our keynote speakers—many of whom are AAD officers and committee members—donate items and are always impressed with our efforts for such a fun way to raise funds. The event also spurs attendees to make cash donations on the spot which ups the amount contributed. ODS receives numerous solicitations for contributions that relate to a particular skin disease. Our members wanted to make an annual contribution to a worthy cause—targeting funds to something that resonates with everyone—and Camp Discovery fits the bill for this! We decided that a silent auction is a very fun, easy, and entertaining way to raise funds for a good cause, not to mention there is little to no expense in putting on a silent auction! While ODS isn’t raising the largest contributions, we are extremely proud that we have found a simple, yet fun way to raise needed funding for the mission of Camp Discovery. I encourage other state societies to hold a silent auction, have some fun with their fundraising, and help their members be a part of supporting Camp Discovery! CHRIS BILLIS, Head of Marketing, US Dermatology, Bayer HealthCare Bayer’s Dermatology Unit has a significant history of supporting AAD’s Camp Discovery, through both financial donations and, more recently, on-site help in setting up one of the facilities for incoming campers. At the 73rd AAD Annual Meeting in San Francisco this year, we chose to raise money for Camp Discovery at the Bayer exhibit booth by asking attendees to participate in a simple but informative interactive activity, with a donation generated by each participant. We wanted to tie this fundraising effort to rosacea, so the activity was centered around guessing the percent prevalence of the condition in various U.S. states, using a clever iPad interface. This proved both informative and fun, and helped raise money for a very important cause to which Bayer HealthCare remains dedicated. CHARLES HAHN, Vice President, Professional & Specialty Development, Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC At the 2015 Annual Meeting, Valeant held a reception to raise awareness and funds for Camp Discovery. How did this idea come about? It’s really quite simple. As an organization, we are well connected to dermatologists through our products, programs and services that we provide. I wanted to find a way to be more connected to the patients. There is an emotional weight that these kids carry on themselves, usually feelings of not being normal. In most cases, there is no cure in sight. If we can help these kids understand more about their skin disorder or have a week to just act like normal kids, I feel that this could be a tremendous boost in their confidence. It could also be a well-needed break for the parents of more serious cases. If I had to describe in one word the impact that Camp Discovery has on these kids, it would be “excellent”. I’m just glad to be in a position that can help raise support for this very worthy cause.
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