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Communications – Chair, Ryan Frank
Program – Chair, Abbey Myszka
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Recently, over the course of two days – May 5th and 6th – in Sacramento, CARA held its annual statewide conference. Attendees from throughout California, as well as those from Canada, Nevada, and elsewhere, observed thoughtful and insightful conference sessions that ranged in topics from analytics and metrics to prospecting and wealth screenings to data visualizations. The fantastic keynote speech from Amber Stott of Sacramento based Food Literacy Center and the thoughtful plenary speech from Sam King of Nuna Health added to the overall impact of the conference. Furthermore, the city of Sacramento provided an integral backdrop with its burgeoning farm-to-table ethos.

Other conference standouts included an action packed trivia contest, and the various food, coffee, and scavenger hunt adventures many undertook. Perhaps the highlight of the conference was the awards luncheon. Ilsa Toepfer received The Guenevere T. Malloy Memorial Scholarship. The recipient of the CARA Service Award went to longtime CARA member Aimee Fitzgerald in recognition of her dedication to the craft of Prospect Development. The inaugural recipient of the CARA Distinguished Partner Award was presented to Lawrence Henze for his generosity, commitment, and support to the prospect development profession, their professional colleagues, and CARA. Always gracious, Lawrence wanted all of you to know the following:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I am honored to be the inaugural recipient of the CARA Distinguished Partner Award. The fact that this award comes from a group of professionals for whom I have a great deal of respect and affection makes it even more special to me.
Throughout the 15 years that I have participated in CARA events I have encountered a group of eager professionals dedicated to their organizations and the pursuit of knowledge to further the missions they represent.  The fact that so many of you have been willing to challenge fundraising norms and use data and analytics to drive decision-making increases the bond I have with you.  
As always, I remain interested in hearing from you with questions or interesting observations you wish to share.
Thanks again for making 2016 truly special!

Please stay tuned for much more information coming from your CARA board members. Webinars, get-togethers, and recap sessions are all on the docket to be announced in the near future. We hope everyone enjoyed their time in Sacramento and we look forward to seeing everyone very soon.


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