Rachel Sallade, MS, RD, LD, works as a Registered Dietitian for the Marshall University Nutrition Education Program, is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the current volunteer Foundation Fundraising Champion for her local West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics affiliate.

Sallade put together a basket drawing fund raiser for the Foundation during the WVAND Conference and Expo in Morgantown, W.Va., on April 5-6, 2018. “Our members look forward to this event every year. Our conference was centered around eating local and supporting local farms, so naturally, I wanted our Foundation fundraiser to do the same,” she said.

Most of the prize baskets were filled with donated items from generous local businesses. One in particular, a “Farm to Table” basket was filled with local food items from West Virginia such as honey, roasted coffee, herb salt blends, maple syrup, ramp salsa and apple butter and assortments from a local farmers market association. The West Virginia University and Marshall University Student Associations also donated baskets.

Prior to the conference, Sallade used social media as an outlet to educate their dietetic students and members about the Foundation and the impact it makes locally. Then, throughout the conference, she reminded attendees about the importance of supporting the Foundation by participating in the basket drawing and showing appreciation for their participation.

The fund raiser ended up raising $1,402 for the Foundation’s Annual Fund, providing support for scholarships, awards, research grants and public nutrition education programs. “I loved being Foundation Chair because it came with creative freedom, meeting new people and business owners, and being a part of something bigger-a role that has a positive impact on our profession. Next year, we hope to raise $1500 for the Foundation,” exclaimed Sallade.

The Academy Foundation thanks Sallade for all her hard work and dedication as well as all the WVAND members who participated in this great event. Affiliate support and member donations are critical for the success of the Foundation and the impact it is able to make throughout the profession.