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 philanthropic organizations. The
recipient of the 2016 Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award is John
T. “Jack” Hitchens, BA, CRNA. Jack served on the AANA Foundation Board of
Trustees from 2008 to 2014 as Co-Vice Chair of Fundraising, Treasurer, and
Board Chair in 2013. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for the RISE
Above Campaign and the Audit Committee. Hitchens has been a faithful donor
since the 1980s, a Friend for Life, and a Silver member of the Gertrude Fife
Cumulative Giving Society. Jack’s
passion as an overseas volunteer anesthesia provider and Boy Scout Leader
exemplifies his true dedication to giving to others beyond the AANA Foundation.
Jack’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, 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.)
2015 - Elizabeth “Betty” Abrams, CRNA, MS
Application materials for the Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award.