The Academy Foundation hosted a Second Century Fundraising Reception at the Hilton in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on May 18, 2017 to celebrate the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 100-year anniversary and raise money for its Second Century Campaign. The reception was held in conjunction with the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting.
The significance of the location, Cleveland, holds great meaning. The Academy was conceptualized as the American Dietetic Association at a meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917. The Academy’s founders were a visionary group of women — led by Lenna F. Cooper and the organization’s first president, Lulu C. Graves — dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I.
More than 70 Academy members of all ages attended the historic event, celebrating the vision and foresight of those original, pioneering members and raising more than $12,750 for the Academy’s Second Century Initiative.
Attendees were welcomed by Academy President, Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND, and Academy Foundation Chair, Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND, who introduced an Academy Foundation Fellowship recipient, Chris Vogliano, MS, RD. Chris expressed his thanks for the help he received from the Foundation and its generous donors that helped launch his career and open doors for further opportunities.