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The Calabria Foundation from Blue Member Chris Pantuso 8.29.11

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For the past 11 years, NEAA Founding “Blue” Member Chris Pantuso has led his family’s philanthropic venture, The Calabria Foundation.  Named for the province in southern Italy where his family originated, the Calabria Foundation directs its activities towards advancing the Arts, Education and Healthcare.  It’s the latter area that today’s update is all about.

Founded in Chris’ home town of San Antonio, Texas the Calabria Foundation moved its operations to Chicago, IL last year when his wife accepted a position on the faculty at Governors State University.  While in Texas, Chris was active in local, state and national politics.  When George W. Bush announced his candidacy for Texas Governor, Chris signed on to help raise funds for the campaign.  When Bush ran for President of the United States, he answered the call again.  Now that he’s Former President Bush, Chris is still answering the call.

When The Bush Institute called to invite the Calabria Foundation to its inaugural Global Health Conference, “The Summit to Save Lives”, it didn’t take long for Chris to accept.  The conference, scheduled for September 13th and 14th in Washington, DC is a “who’s who” of global healthcare experts.  In partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the conference will focus on several healthcare initiatives.  One in particular, the “Pink Ribbon/Red Ribbon Initiative” is focused on reducing the incident of cervical cancer in Africa.  Cervical cancer, now a preventable disease, is the 3rd leading cause of female cancer death in America.  It’s the #1 leading cause of cancer death in African women.  While Chris’ private consulting company, The Catalyst Group, is in South Africa in late September for a Department of Commerce Trade Mission, he’ll take some time out of his hectic schedule to visit with NGO’s regarding the “Pink Ribbon/Red Ribbon Initiative”.

Stay tuned for updates and learn how you can be a part of this exciting opportunity.

Good work Chris!  Thanks for representing the NEAA!

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