Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter e-Newsletter
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Dennis Olden, Chair and Anne Fair Forrest, President/CEO at the "DO BLUE" Annual Meeting.
Dennis Olden, Chair and Anne Fair Forrest, President/CEO at the "DO BLUE" Annual Meeting.

Dennis Olden, Chair and Anne Fair Forrest, President/CEO at the "DO BLUE" Annual Meeting.

Summer is here and our focus shifts from our most successful Spring Walk season ever to the upcoming Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Conference, our summer camps for kids with arthritis, as well as, a new and exciting challenge by The Patterson Foundation.

We are happy to report that the Florida Chapter will be sending a record 19 families to the JA Conference being held July 19-20 at the Marriott Union Station in St. Louis. The conference connects children and their families with others from across the country who share the experience of living with juvenile arthritis and who are aware of the impact that it makes on a family. Lifetime connections are made through recreational and educational programs designed to help kids and their families seek appropriate treatment, overcome challenges and learn to lead productive lives. Conference activities help families realize that they are not alone and that JA is a manageable disease.

The Florida Chapter's three summer camps for kids with arthritis are retreats that offer bonding experiences like none other. Swimming, games, crafts, horseback riding, swimming with dolphins and canoeing are a few of the fun activities that are offered at Camp Boggy Creek, Camp Funrise and Miracle Camp. This summer over 200 kids will be attending camp and making friends that will last a lifetime.

2012 marks the final year of our partnership with The Patterson Foundation (TPF). The experience has encouraged us to think in new ways, try unproven strategies and challenge ourselves to new heights of productivity. The efforts have yielded an increase in special event income, a productive and active use of social networking and the establishment of the first-ever Florida Chapter Endowment seeded with $650,000 in matching funds from The Patterson Foundation.

In this third and final partnership year,The Patterson Foundation has raised the bar for the Florida Chapter, once again, by offering a "Million Dollar Major Gift Challenge"! The Patterson Foundation has agreed to match up to $1,000,000 for all major gifts of $1000. or more received in 2012. The gift must be designated for the TPF "Million $ Challenge". The gift and TPF matching funds will be added to the newly created arthritis endowment which represents contributed assets permanently invested to generate an annual return to support the Florida Chapter's efforts to battle arthritis. The endowment will provide financial stability during challenging economic times and ensures the continuance of many vital Arthritis Foundation programs far into the future.

We hope you will help us rise to the challenge!
Please contact a Florida Chapter office, staff member or board member to learn about "naming opportunities" within the arthritis endowment. We look forward to sharing the results and the impact with you!!

Have a wonderful summer.

Anne Fair Forrest
Florida Chapter

Dennis Olden
Florida Chapter

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Let's Move Together
2012 TOP 10 TEAMS

Parker's Purple Playas
Tampa - $16,207
Parker Lentini

Megan's Mission
Jacksonville - $12,596
Jeannie Hinkle

St. Paul Catholic School
Pensacola - $12,214
Nick Giovanini

RA Chicks
Tampa - $ 6,350
Niki Wyre

Cassie's Crusaders
Orlando - $ 5,315
Cassie Strickler

Broward - $ 4,620
Carolina Carbonell

Team Kiyah
Broward - $ 4,256
Nicole Eversley-Hall

Team Delaney
Orlando - $ 3,780
Donnalea Hutchinson

Dream Team
Pensacola - $ 3,311
Kathy Vidal

Hamburg Sud/Marla Thomas
Jacksonville - $ 3,007
Marla Thomas

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