125 Strong Campaign Challenge
A letter from Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, and Albert L. Merati, MD, the Co-chairs of the 125 Strong Campaign, urging members of the otolaryngology community to make a year-end, tax-deductible gift to this vital fundraising effort.
As fellow otolaryngologists deeply committed to the future of our specialty, we are writing to ask you to consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to the vitally important 125 Strong Campaign in 2021.
The AAO-HNS/F means so many things to each one of its 13,000 members. We look to the Academy and its Foundation for education, skills development, a strong voice with regulators, meetings that foster camaraderie, guidance on personal and professional growth, and help in giving our patients and our communities the best in otolaryngologic care.
The 125 Strong Campaign commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Academy and our specialty and is critical to shaping our future together. Its components are based on AAO-HNS/F membership ideas and passions. We are investing in each other, in you, your partners, your trainees, and your communities—as we work to improve patient care at home and around the world. The four key areas of the campaign are:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program: Advancing equitable, ear, nose, and throat, and head and neck care and in attracting a diverse otolaryngology community
Education Program: Using digital learning tools and resources to further otolaryngology education while optimizing and advancing remote learning
Leadership Development and Mentorship Program: Creating and building a strong pipeline of capable, future leaders
Wellness Program: Enhancing the quality of otolaryngology care by cultivating physician well-being and resilience
Your philanthropic support of the 125 Strong Campaign will help drive the transformation and innovation that will advance the specialty for otolaryngologists locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Your gift, whether it be in support of all four programs or to a specific program, will help build and magnify these programs that will have an immediate impact. We have the opportunity to collectively partner for the health and well-being of our members and those we serve through the 125 Strong Campaign.
Our year-end goal for 2021 is two-fold: 100%-member participation and raising $1,250,000 by December 31. Please join us in giving back to the society that has done so much to support its members and our collective future by making a one-time or a monthly recurring donation or a multiyear pledge today. Every donation counts—and your individual support makes a difference. You can download your donation form here.
With sincere appreciation and best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season!
Albert L. Merati, MD