Annual Recognition Dinner

2017 Highlights

The Annual Recognition Dinner took place September 14 at the Grand Hyatt hotel, and six-time Gold medalist and Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken was the keynote speaker. Amy delivered a strong message of perseverance and strength in the face of insurmountable odds. She shared how she stood up to those who told her to give up, resulting in six gold medals and a phenomenal story of strength.

During the evening, several awards were presented. The 2017 Outstanding Program Award went to the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for its book Family Practice Stories. The book is a collection of stories and essays told by or about 48 Indiana family doctors practicing in the mid-20th century. Each story relates an episode in the career of these physicians and how they touched the lives of their patients and their communities. Dr. Richard Feldman authored the book, relying on interviews, research, transcripts, and stories. Dr. Feldman included research material from the AAFP Foundation’s Center for the History of Family Medicine as its first recipient of the CHFM Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine, and his work was supported by an AAFP Foundation FMPC Grant Award. The book project was recently expanded to include an accompanying study guide for use in Family Medicine residencies as curriculum for teaching professionalism, ethics, and Family Medicine values. We are proud to honor the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians with the Outstanding Program Award.

The 2017 Philanthropist of the Year is awarded each year to an individual who shows financial support, volunteers or serves in a leadership role, encourages philanthropy in others, and is philanthropic in his or her community. This year we were pleased to honor a dedicated and long-standing supporter of the Foundation and its work: Dr. Richard Roberts. Dr. Roberts has consistently and unfailingly demonstrated his philanthropic spirit and commitment to the AAFP Foundation’s work.  After serving 10 years on the AAFP Foundation Board, including two years as President and Chair of the 50th Anniversary Fund Committee, he has remained actively engaged and committed as a champion, volunteer, and donor. Dr. Roberts has been a gracious advocate and spokesperson for the Foundation over many years and he continues to highlight the Foundation whenever possible in his presentations. Dr. Roberts is not only a champion for the Foundation and its work but also a dedicated volunteer serving as faculty for the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute since its inception in 2015. He continues to inspire the FML ELI Scholars with his personal leadership story and insights. Finally, Dr. Roberts and his wife Laura are strong, consistent donors to the AAFP Foundation. They have maintained the Founder’s Club giving level each year since 1999 and have been annual donors for 28 consecutive years. He truly demonstrates the heart of Family Medicine and the spirit of philanthropy. Thank you, Dr. Roberts, and congratulations on being the 2017 Philanthropist of the Year!

The final award of the evening was the 2017 AAFP Distinguished and Meritorious Service, which was awarded to CompHealth in recognition of its generous time and resources given in support of the AAFP and AAFP Foundation initiatives that foster the advancement of Family Medicine. As an AAFP Foundation Corporate Partner, CompHealth has provided extensive support for career resources ranging from CV reviews and mock interviews at National Conference and FMX to career tips and tools on aafp.org. CompHealth has been a consistent exhibitor at AAFP meetings and a reliable partner in physician wellness. Beyond career resources, CompHealth’s dedication to Family Medicine has included supporting Family Medicine Cares International. CompHealth has provided multiple resident scholarships, sent staff to Haiti, and established fundraisers to purchase much needed supplies and books for the children of Haiti.

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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