The Philanthropist of the Year Award, established in 2006 by the AANA Foundation, is presented to an individual who represents the spirit of Ms. LeBlanc and has gone beyond the call of duty as a supporter of the AANA Foundation. The Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year donates time, talent, and direct financial support to the AANA Foundation, as well as other well-deserving organizations. The recipient of this award demonstrates a strong philanthropic spirit, and through his or her charitable actions motivates others to give of themselves.
The Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award represents the spirit of Ms. LeBlanc and is presented to an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty as a supporter of the AANA Foundation and other well-deserving organizations. The recipient of this award demonstrates a strong philanthropic spirit and charitable actions which motivate others to give of themselves. The recipient of the 2015 Rita L. Leblanc Philanthropist of the Year award is Elizabeth “Betty” Abrams, CRNA, MS. Abrams has been volunteering her services to the Healing the Children (NJ) organization since 1997. She volunteers her time and expertise as a CRNA traveling to different countries providing much needed anesthesia services for children needing multiple types of surgeries. She has made 20 trips to countries such as Kenya, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic, and has touched the lives of thousands of children with her generosity and expert anesthesia skills. Abrams donates equipment and supplies to the organization on a monthly basis, preforms administrative tasks, and packs and prepares supplies for trips she is unable to attend. Abrams is a true role model, and has also inspired many other CRNAs to become Healing the Children volunteers.
Previous Philanthropists of the Year
2006 - Rita L. LeBlanc, CRNA
2007 - Mary G. Dudley, CRNA, MS
2008 - Suzanne Brown, CRNA, BSN
2009 - Theresa Culpepper, CRNA, PhD
2010 - Patrick Downey, CRNA
2010 - Joyce Kelly, CRNA, EdD
2011 - Alverna Skoog, CRNA, BS
2012 - Goldie Brangman, CRNA
2013 - Sandra Kilde, CRNA, EdD
2014 - Col. Gina M. Mason, CRNA, U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
Application materials for the Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award.