Annual Recognition Dinner

2016 Highlights

A celebratory evening was held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the DeVos Family Room from 6:30 to 9 p.m on September 22, 2016. The AAFP Foundation hosted this special dinner for its most dedicated donors. The Philanthropist of the Year Award, Outstanding Program Award, and AAFP Award for Distinguished and Meritorious Service to Family Medicine are presented. 

2015 Highlights

A celebratory evening from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. was held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – Seawell Grand Ballroom and Directors Room.

The AAFP Foundation hosted this special dinner for its most dedicated donors, during which the following awards were presented: Philanthropist of the Year, Outstanding Program Award, and AAFP Award for Distinguished and Meritorious Service to Family Medicine.

Together with you, we celebrated our annual award recipients and the many accomplishments of your AAFP Foundation during the past year. Invitations were sent to those AAFP Foundation donors who generously gave $1,000 or more between August 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015. Please note this was a change from the qualification level of $500 in the past to support the greatly expanded programs and impact of your Foundation, made possible by your gifts. If you have questions regarding your qualification to attend, please contact Brenda Cherpitel or Erin Heffernan.

2014 Highlights

The 2014 Annual Recognition Dinner was held Thursday, October 23, at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

At the 2014 Annual Recognition Dinner the Foundation gave out two special awards: Philanthropist of the Year and the Outstanding Program Award. In addition, the AAFP Outstanding Service Award was presented during the dinner.

Philanthropist of the Year Award

The Philanthropist of the Year Award is presented to an individual who shows financial support, volunteers or serves in a leadership role, encourages philanthropy in others, and is philanthropic in his/her own community. The 2014 Co-Philanthropists of the Year:

  • Rick Kellerman, MD, is a tireless supporter of the Foundation. His efforts include past auctions, resident and student initiatives, and most recently, volunteering his time and talents as a member on the Center for the History of Family Medicine’s Board of Curators.
  • Carolyn Lopez, MD, is a model and mentor to others through her philanthropic activities. Whether it’s inviting others to join her at the annual AAFP Foundation events during Assembly or establishing permanent funds to honor family members and support important AAFP Foundation work, Dr. Lopez is a leader who “pays it forward.”

Outstanding Program of the Year Award

The 2014 Outstanding Program of the Year Award was presented to the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Fit Family Challenge Pilot Project. The award-winning project aims to integrate childhood obesity guidelines into clinical primary care to give physicians the tools they need to diagnose and treat children struggling with obesity. Implemented in community settings across Colorado, the focus is on rural and underserved populations.

AAFP Outstanding Service Award

This annual award is the Academy’s highest honor for recognition of vendors, suppliers, and companies or their employees who support the medical profession. The AAFP selected Bank of America as the 2014 Outstanding Service Award Winner. Bank of America received this award in recognition of their generous time and resources in support of AAFP and Foundation initiatives that foster the mission and advancement of Family Medicine. As an AAFP Member Advantage partner for almost 17 years, Bank of America has provided financial resources to members at every stage of their lives through personal checking, personal and business credit cards, and practice financing.

2013 Highlights

The 2013 Annual Recognition Dinner was held Thursday, September 26 at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego, California..

Philanthropist of the Year Award

The 2013 Philanthropists of the Year, Dr. Lanny and Mica Copeland, took a major interest in Haiti immediately following the earthquake in 2010 and initiated the LifePoint Disaster Relief Fund through LifePoint Hospitals, where Dr. Copeland served as Chief Medical Officer. The fund raised more the $110,000 to help Haitians in need of medical attention and basic living supplies. Dr. Copeland has made several trips to Haiti following the earthquake to treat patients.

Outstanding Program Award

The Outstanding Program of the Year Award was presented to the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for the inaugural Family Medicine Midwest (FMM) Collaborative and Conference. The IAFP Foundation engaged leaders from Midwest states and turned the FMM concept into a reality in only 18 months. The conference provided three days of education on current topics through hands-on workshops, linked medical students with residency programs, and provided practicing physicians with networking opportunities with their Midwest peers.

AAFP Outstanding Service Award

The Outstanding Service Award is the Academy’s highest honor for recognition of vendors, suppliers, and companies or their employees who support the medical profession. In 2013, the AAFP selected Pharmavite LLC as the Outstanding Service Award Winner. Pharmavite has been a supporter of the AAFP and Foundation for many years, providing support of the Physicians With Heart Children’s Projects, Family Medicine Cares USA, and the very first Family Medicine Cares International service project in Haiti. Since 2003, Pharmavite has participated in the AAFP Foundation’s Corporate Partner Program at the President’s Circle level. In addition, Pharmavite has supported numerous nutrition education resources for family physician offices.

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