Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award

r_leblanc.jpgThe 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. 


2017 Award

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 dutyJohn Bendele as a supporter of the AANA Foundation and other philanthropic organizations. The recipient of the 2017 Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award is John Bendele, Jr., MS, CRNA. Bendele began his career on a four year tour as a US Navy corpsman, operating room technician and instructor. Within this time he was selected for the Navy Nurse Anesthesia Program. As a navy CRNA, John was also stationed in USS Enterprise, CVN-65, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland; Naval Hospital, Guantanamo, Bay, Cuba; and Naval Hospital, Bremerton, Washington. As the sole anesthesia provider at Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, John also provided anesthesia for the US Army veterinarian, caring for military dogs and base pets. After retiring in 1990, John worked in an all-CRNA group at VAMC, Cincinnati, Clermont Mercy Hospital, and Good Samaritan Hospital. He then took part in the first of six OP-Smile missions, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Vietnam and Gaza. With Health Volunteers Overseas, John has taught nurse anesthesia in two programs in Belize on five different occasions. John's passion as a Navy CRNA and an overseas volunteer anesthesia provider exemplifies his true dedication to giving to others beyond his generosity to the AANA Foundation. John's life and choices to give to others make him an extraordinary recipient of this award.



Previous Philanthropists of the Year


2006 - Rita L. LeBlanc, CRNA
2007 - Mary G. Dudley, MS, CRNA
2008 - Suzanne Brown, BSN, CRNA
2009 - Theresa Culpepper, PhD, CRNA
2010 - Patrick Downey, CRNA
2010 - Joyce Kelly, EdD, CRNA
2011 - Alverna Skoog, BS, CRNA
2012 - Goldie Brangman, CRNA
2013 - Sandra Kilde, EdD, CRNA
2014 - Col. Gina M. Mason, CRNA, U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
2015 - Elizabeth "Betty" Abrams, MS, CRNA
2016 - John T. "Jack" Hitchens, BA, CRNA

Application materials for the Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award.

 

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