Foundation and Friends of the Foundation Celebrate Physical Therapy Research at Orlando PT Party

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The Foundation for Physical Therapy hosted an exciting event at the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT Conference in Orlando, Florida on June 28, 2018. Friends and donors in the advancement of physical therapy research were invited to “be our guest” and celebrate the profession’s achievements during the Orlando PT Party. Special thanks to Title Sponsor, HPSO/CNA, producer sponsor, NuStep and dessert sponsor Tri W-G for their continued support of this event.

This year’s event was hosted by returning emcee Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT. McKay, a former radio DJ, brought a terrific energy to the program through his enthusiasm for the Foundation, the Marquette Challenge and the field of physical therapy. McKay hosted two rounds of trivia during dinner to test the wit and memory of the party attendees. The team comprised of APTA Board Members and guests took home the top prize for their trivia acumen. Following the announcement of the winners, guests convened on the dance floor for more celebration.

Each PT Party is an opportunity to celebrate advancements in research and look ahead tothe future of physical therapy research and education programs. Honorees at this year’s event included Aimee B. Klein, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS and Stephen E. Anderson, PT, DPT – the recipients of the Robert C. Bartlett Trustee Recognition Service Award; the Florida Physical Therapy Association – the recipient of the Premier Partner in Research Award; Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MS, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT – the recipient of the Charles M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award; Irene McEwen, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA – the recipient of the Spirit of Philanthropy Award; and Marquette University – the recipient of the Innovation in Fundraising Award. Marquette Challenge Winners were also recognized, including this year’s first place winner – the University of Pittsburgh. The evening included a special milestone as well – 30 years of the Marquette Challenge and an acknowledgement of Dr. Larry Pan who has been a constant mentor to students at Marquette University and will soon begin his retirement.

Highlights from the evening include the celebration of the University of Pittsburgh’s naming rights in the 2018-2019 Marquette Challenge and a special solo dance shared with Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, the dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and physical therapy leader and Catherine Worthingham Fellow Geneva Johnson, PhD, PT, FAPTA, who was recognized for celebrating her 96th birthday.

View more pictures from this event on the Foundation’s Facebook Album.


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