Pulse May 2018 - Page 70

ISPA FOUNDATION FOUNDATION One of the most incredible aspects of being the ISPA Foundation Chairman is watching our major fundraiser, the ISPA Foundation Live & Silent Auctions, grow year-over-year. For those of you who don’t know, the Auctions take place at the ISPA Conference & Expo and are the main reasons we are able to fund such incredible research and scholarship initiatives. Last year, this community raised over $110,000 for the foundation, which funds our important research with PwC. My goal is for that number to get higher and higher every year so that we can do even more to further the success and future of our beloved spa industry. To do that, we’ve got to get creative. It’s not enough to have just two days of Auction fun, so we are getting the party started months earlier this year with special monthly auctions leading up to the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo. In February, we kicked it off by auctioning off an exclusive Conference package that included one full conference registration to the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo as well as a four-night stay 2017 ISPA FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS CHAIRMAN Frank Pitsikalis ResortSuite VICE CHAIRMAN Sharilyn Abbajay Mattison Avenue Salon Spa Suites DIRECTORS Garrett Mersberger ISPA Chairman Todd Hewitt ISPA Vice Chairman Lynne McNees ISPA President Todd Shaw Technogym in a Deluxe Room at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, dinner for two at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, round-trip airport transfers from the Sheraton Grand Phoenix and Sky Harbor International Airport and an in-room welcome amenity, which ended up going for $1,700. Be sure to keep an eye on the ISPA Foundation’s biddingforgood.com page and ISPA’s social media for updates on what exclusive items are coming up. And as always, don’t forget to donate to the Auctions! It’s the generous donations from members like you that allow our organization to grow, HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Ruth Stricker The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness Deborah Szekely WELLNESS WARRIOR flourish and thrive each year. We’re almost there! MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent Bauer, M.D. Mayo Clinic —FRANK PITSIKALIS, ISPA FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN The ISPA Foundation wishes to thank the following supporters for their generous contributions: Did You Know? The three major ways the ISPA Foundation raises money is through the Live & Silent Auctions, generous donations from donors and the negative dues check-off, which adds a simple $25 donation to each membership renewal. When renewing your ISPA membership this year, be sure to leave this box checked so you can count yourself among the generous donors to the ISPA Foundation! 68 PULSE ■ May 2018 LUMINARY Ruth Stricker BENEFACTOR Dr. Howard Murad PATRON Red Door Spas ResortSuite