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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Shands Circle members pledge over $40 million

By Charles A. Rockwood Jr., MD
Chair, Alfred R. Shands Jr. Circle

The Alfred R. Shands Jr. Circle, created in 1994, is a special recognition society for individuals who make a commitment to the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) endowment. To qualify for membership, individuals must make a contribution of $20,000 or more payable over one to five years, or pledge $50,000 or more under a deferred gift arrangement such as life insurance, trust, or will bequest.

In the past year alone, 64 individuals have joined the Shands Circle. This marks the second largest growth in new members since 1995, the year after the Shands Circle was established, when 76 individuals joined.

Currently, there are more than 350 members of the Shands Circle. Together, they have committed more than $40 million to OREF. The impact of these contributions stretches across the entire specialty because Shands Circle members can support one or more recognized orthopaedic organizations and programs in the US and abroad. Because the funds are in an endowment, the support is offered in perpetuity ensuring the viability of research funds over time.

Shands Circle members know that their contributions will have a significant impact on the future of orthopaedics. They also enjoy many special benefits including:

To learn more about the Alfred R. Shands Jr. Circle, talk to one of your colleagues who is wearing a Shands Circle lapel pin. Or stop by the OREF Exhibit and review the member listing. Any one of the more than 350 individuals would be happy to talk with you about joining them in the Circle.

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