Saturday, February 24, 1996
Walkers from 55 locations throughout the United States who participated in the 1995 A Joint Parade helped raise public awareness and $700,000 to support research and education for orthopaedics. A Joint Parade, "a celebration of mobility," took place May 6 and 7, 1995. A few walks occurred on alternate dates during the summer.
Houston, which raised $84,000, was at the top of the list and Baltimore was close behind with $77,500. Other cities in the top five fund raisers were Salt Lake City at $36,572; Los Angeles, $29,520; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, $23,654.
"Although A Joint Parade fell short of its financial goals, every one involved did a fantastic job in increasing the public awareness of the importance orthopaedics has in assuring mobility in peoples lives," said Richard N. Stauffer, MD, chairman of the 1995 A Joint Parade Steering Committee. Dr. Stauffer also noted that, "the effort put forth by all the individuals from the 55 sites was tremendous and everyone of them deserves all the credit in making this event happen."
However, A Joint Parade was a large expense to sponsor on a national level. On Nov. 13, 1995, the Board of Trustees of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) voted to postpone A Joint Parade for 1996. A letter was sent to all site chairmen regarding this matter.
The decision was based on the amount of dollars it takes to sponsor the event compared to the amount of dollars raised. "The consistent goal of the OREF Board of Trustees is - and always has been - to raise the largest amount of money possible for research and education throughout orthopaedics at the lowest possible operating cost," said Garth Russell, MD, OREF President. "The foundation is currently working on ideas for alternative fund-raising events. The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation appreciates all the hard work and time put forth for A Joint Parade and would like to thank each and every one of you who worked so hard on the event."
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