Pulse November 2018 - Page 70

ISPA FOUNDATION FOUNDATION WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ISPA CONFERENCE & EXPO! ISPA FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Connection is at the very heart of what we do every day in the spa and wellness industry, and the 2018 ISPA OFFICERS Conference & Expo delivered that sense of connection, CHAIRMAN Frank Pitsikalis ResortSuite fellowship and kindness in spades! It was also a banner year for the ISPA Foundation Live and Silent Auctions. Through the generosity of our VICE CHAIRMAN Sharilyn Abbajay Mattison Avenue Salon Spa Suites donors and bidders, we raised $140,000 for industry- leading research and life-changing scholarships. We had more than 290 items up for bid, comprising donations from every corner of this industry: skin care, resorts, technology, wellness coaching, DIRECTORS Garrett Mersberger ISPA Chairman Scott Duncan ISPA Vice Chairman massage, and much more. Through Lynne McNees ISPA President these gifts, we can touch the lives of every ISPA member and help educate the industry’s next gener- MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent Bauer, M.D. Mayo Clinic ation of leaders. The Live Auction alone raised HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Ruth Stricker The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness $67,600 through 14 items. Lawrence Biscontini knocked his hosting duties out of the park, ensuring that the Live Auction was a suitably lively Deborah Szekely WELLNESS WARRIOR affair. The ISPA Foundation can’t thank him enough for donating his time year after year to this important cause. Most of all, however, I’d like to thank you. You, who bid on incredible baskets and boxes of products at the Silent Auction. You, who raised your hands to bid on trips, tickets and more at the Live Auction. You, who took the extra step to help others find their way in our truly special industry. The ISPA Foundation wishes to thank the following supporters for their generous contributions: LUMINARY Ruth Stricker It’s you who makes what we do possible. Thank you. BENEFACTOR Dr. Howard Murad PATRON Red Door Spas ResortSuite —FRANK PITSIKALIS, ISPA FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN 68 PULSE ■ November 2018