Hot Times in Palm Springs for the CHRIE FutureFund™
Robert Bosselman, Chair of the CHRIE FutureFund™ Committee; Professor, Iowa State University
Your CHRIE FutureFund™ had a hot time in Palm Springs. As reported at the Annual Business Meeting, thanks to your generosity, the CHRIE FutureFund™ now totals over $160,000. Since CHRIE FutureFund™ began in the late 1990’s there has been constant growth, and a number of ICHRIE activities have been supported. At the Palm Springs Conference, your CHRIE FutureFund™ supported a complimentary registration for the four Best Paper winners from the Annual Graduate Research Conference.
The CHRIE FutureFund™ table in the Marketplace was an active location this year. In addition to our usual assortment of activities, we held a ‘Hole in One Contest’ to find out who ICHRIE’s best golfer was. Many conference goers tried their hand at sinking a challenging putt. Those who were successful had their names entered into a drawing, with the winner receiving a gift card. Congratulations to Anders Justenlund, ICHRIE’s Best Golfer in 2018.
Our Silent Auction again attracted attention from attendees. Thanks to a very generous donation from Jack and Cookie Samuels, and their 100% rated Ebay seller Lotzzastuff, bids were coming fast and furious. The Silent Auction also featured scarves and jewelry donated by Linda Hoops, and many members commented on the quality of those items.
The Duck Race this year was held in the Renaissance Resort main foyer, as there was a fountain area well suited for the race. Two heats were held and the top five winners from each heat proceeded to the final. By that time, participants were loudly cheering on their favorite duck. Each heat was hotly contested, as was the final race. In the end, Barb Schmidgall, long-time ICHRIE Conference attendee, was the owner of the winning duck. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Duck Race.
Our annual 50-50 Raffle drew the usual excitement as the drawing drew nearer at the Awards Dinner. In the end, the winning ticket belonged to Bharath Josiam (MJ), of University of North Texas. Congratulations to MJ, and thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket.
The grand total raised in Palm Springs was approximately $4,000, and CHRIE FutureFund™ thanks everyone who participated. In addition, Illinois CHRIE Chapter was formally closed in Palm Springs, and Central Federation accepted a motion and vote from Illinois members to transfer remaining funds from Illinois CHRIE to the CHRIE FutureFund™. This generous move added over $800 more to the CHRIE FutureFund™.
The success of CHRIE FutureFund™ is also your success, as Future Fund is all about ICHRIE members. Again, a huge thank you to everyone who has supported CHRIE FutureFund™ in the past year.