CFOT activities at our booth in the Exhibit Hall at the OTAC Conference give us an opportunity to inform attendees about CFOT as well as how their support raises funds for the scholarships and research grants we award to occupational therapy students and practitioners.
In addition, we met “The Challenge!” Thanks to some very special donors, we had the opportunity to turn the $1165.00 donated by attendees at this year’s OTAC conference into $3665.00! This past year, 5 OTAC members pledged to match total donations of at least $500 from conference attendees with an additional $500 each.
This special challenge allows CFOT to leverage donations made by attendees, a bonus for both them and CFOT. If you would like more information about the Challenge or want to be included as one of these special donors, contact Bonita Kraft, OT/L (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2019 - $500 Challenge Donors
The CFOT Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals or groups who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the philosophical principles of occupational therapy and engaged in significant humanitarian activities. These activities may include:
This year, CFOT is presenting the Humanitarian Award to Elyse Gordon, in recognition of her dedication to fostering 140 at-risk babies who have been abandoned or exposed to drugs, as well as her previous roles as general education and special education teacher.
The CFOT Honored Lecturer Award recognizes California occupational therapy practitioners who have demonstrated leadership and promoted ideas and visions in occupational therapy for the profession, and a presentation gives them an opportunity to share their insights and knowledge with the OT community at the CFOT Awards Luncheon and Symposium.
CFOT is pleased to announce the 2019 CFOT Honored Lecturer, Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS ,OTR/L, FAOTA. He is currently the Chief Quality Officer and Associate Hospital Administrator at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.
Dr. Phipps will present on “Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity Following Traumatic Brain Injury: The CAPE Recovery Model.” He will share the inspirational story of the challenges and
triumphs of a patient who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident. The power of Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity is described using the CAPE Recovery Model,
which requires challenge, action, practice, and evaluation to build new pathways in the brain through the ordinary and extraordinary activities of daily life that support recovery so that individuals
with traumatic brain injury and other disorders of the brain can live life to its fullest. You will experience laughter, tears, and joy as you hear the effect of occupational therapy and
neuroplasticity in supporting recovery and beyond after a lifechanging
injury to the brain.
The CFOT Meritorious Service award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional service over five or more years as a current or past member of the CFOT Board and has made a major impact on advancing CFOT’s mission and the profession in the present and into the future.
CFOT is honored and privileged to pay tribute to and present the Meritorious Service Award to Julie Shaperman, MSPH, OTR/L, FAOTA. After nearly 40 years of sustained commitment to the California Foundation of Occupational Therapy, Julie recently resigned from her position as Vice President in November 2018. Julie has always been and always will be a profound leader in the CFOT. She has been the “rock,” the “pillar,” and the original inspiration for, and one of the founders, of the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy.
Fundraising activities at the 2019 OTAC conference in Pasadena were a great success! Between the raffle, silent auction, and matching challenge, we made over $5,000 that will be given away toward CFOT scholarships and research grants. Thanks to everyone who donated items for the raffle and silent auction, and to those who participated in these events!
CFOT works all year to secure items for conference fundraising. If you would like to donate something to the 2020 OTAC conference fundraising effort, please contact Danielle Meglio at DanielleMeglio@yahoo.com or Christine Wietlisbach at ChristineWiet@gmail.com.
Items such as jewelry, gift cards, and gift baskets are especially appreciated, as these are very popular in the raffle and silent auction. This year, a very generous OT even donated a 2-night stay at her mountain cabin in Fawnskin, California! If you would like to discuss a donation to help raise money for scholarships and research, please contact us. Every donation – large and small – is appreciated.
The Legacy Circle is an endowment fund that was established in 2016 to ensure that CFOT can continue to provide scholarships and support OT researchers in California and enhance its growth to advance and promote the profession of occupational therapy into the future.
If you would like to join the CFOT Legacy Circle, make a contribution of $2,500 — in installments over five years or as a lump sum, and you will be recognized as Members of the CFOT Legacy Circle and continue to receive special commendation by CFOT.
The contributions in the endowment fund are invested so they grow in value each year. The earnings from these investments may be used each year to support California OT practitioners and students with scholarships and/or research funds, or it may be reinvested for added growth.
We invite you to contribute and join the esteemed members of the Legacy Circle:
Charter members of the CFOT Legacy Circle:
Please send your full or partial contribution, specified for the Legacy Circle, to:
826 Morningside Drive
Fullerton, CA 92835
By joining the CFOT Legacy Circle you will be among a distinguished group making a difference for a lifetime.