Sunday, April 30 was a historic moment for the ASTS Foundation. Members, friends, colleagues, and past and future leaders of the Society met at The Drake Hotel in Chicago to commemorate and celebrate the success of the Foundation. This was the first of many future receptions* to recognize the generosity of our contributors and honor their dedication to the advancement of transplant surgery.
The room was buzzing, and everyone was swept up in the nostalgia of being at The Drake, the site of ASTS’ first meetings. Immediate Past President of the Foundation, Dr. Charlie Miller, gave a moving tribute about the connection to The Drake, the importance of funding the efforts of the Society, and the future of the Foundation. Several of our members made gifts that evening, and we raised over $11,000, which included a pledge from Dr. Miller to join Tom and Ruby Peters in the lifetime giving category of $25,000. Thank you to everyone who has and will ever make a contribution!
*The annual Foundation reception will be held each year during the American Transplant Congress. Invitations will be sent to individuals who have reached a lifetime giving level and/or anyone who has contributed in the calendar year of the ATC.