The FARE Vision Awards recognize individuals and entities who work to make the vision of a safer world for people with food allergies a reality, and who support FARE in its mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.
Our 2016 award winners have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support the food allergy community, and they are true leaders in making a difference for everyone who is living with food allergies. The third annual FARE Vision Awards were presented May 14 at the FARE National Food Allergy Conference in Orlando. This year’s recipients are:
Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement
Presented to an individual or group of individuals who have gone above and beyond to advance FARE’s impact at the community level through a sustained commitment to fundraising, advocacy and education.
Presented to Helen Jaffe
Helen Jaffe, the inaugural recipient of this award, has been an inspiring and influential advocate for the food allergy community for nearly two decades. Whether it’s taking a leadership role in local advocacy efforts, taking the reins and elevating the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Connecticut to new heights, co-chairing the New York Spring Luncheon or leading local efforts to educate her community about food allergies, Helen Jaffe has always gone above and beyond on behalf of the food allergy community. For her tireless efforts to improve the lives of those with food allergies and her continuing work in advancing FARE’s impact at the community level, FARE is pleased to present this award to Helen Jaffe. (Shown above with FARE CEO James R. Baker, Jr., MD.)
Outstanding Advocacy Impact Award
Presented to an individual or group of advocates who, through significant public action, have impacted policymakers and legislative efforts to improve access and quality of life for the food allergy community.
Presented to Caroline Moassessi
Caroline Moassessi has been a staunch advocate in her home state of Nevada, where she worked toward the passage of epinephrine legislation in Nevada and has been a part of ongoing statewide education efforts for implementation of state legislative efforts. We salute Caroline’s longstanding leadership with the Northern Nevada Asthma and Food Allergy Parent Education Group, and commend her for her continued support and stewardship of leaders across the country in impacting their own states in legislative and educational efforts. Caroline is also a respected member of the food allergy blogosphere, and has gone above and beyond in her efforts to support the food allergy community and make a difference for everyone living with food allergies. We are pleased to present this award to Caroline Moassessi.
Outstanding Business Award for Food Allergy Activism
Presented to a company that has made a positive impact in the lives of people with food allergies and supported the food allergy community through education, awareness, establishment of accommodation best practices, and or/advocacy efforts.
Presented to Allergic Living Magazine
With a combination of hard news, human interest features and expert advice – all focused on food allergies and celiac disease, Allergic Living has provided invaluable educational information to its readers while boldly advocating on behalf of the food allergy community. For its activism, its insightful reporting on research and issues that affect the food allergy community and the wonderful partnership that has been forged with FARE, we are pleased to present Allergic Living with this award. Accepting the award and shown above is Allergic Living Editor Gwen Smith.
Health Professional Award for Volunteer Service
Presented to a healthcare provider or allied health professional who goes above and beyond in a volunteer service capacity to further the advancements of FARE’s mission tenets of life, health and hope for patients and caregivers.
Presented to Dr. Hemant Sharma
Dr. Hemant Sharma of Children’s National Health System in Washington DC has made a meaningful impact on FARE’s educational programs, particularly through his involvement at the FARE Teen Summit over the last few years — including helping us achieve the Guinness World Record for Largest Allergy Awareness Lesson in 2015 — and through the partnership efforts with FARE on behalf of underserved populations through the DC CARES program. Dr. Sharma’s regular involvement in educating others through various national education and awareness initiatives and leadership in improving patient care and outcomes as part of the FARE Clinical Network is commendable. We are pleased to present this award to Dr. Hemant Sharma.
Outstanding Community Education
Presented to an individual or group of volunteers who have gone above and beyond to support FARE and its mission, and have been dedicated to impactful education and awareness endeavors on behalf of individuals living with food allergies.
Presented to Tricia Gavankar
Over the years, Trish Gavankar has assisted countless families managing food allergies who are seeking support and guidance. She has made a meaningful impact on community members across the country through Rock Food Allergies Consulting and Disney Chefs Rock, as well as through her longstanding commitment to FARE’s mission efforts with the support group NC FACES and the FARE Walk for Food Allergy. Those are just a few examples of how Trish has gone above and beyond in her efforts to support the food allergy community, and has led the way in making a difference for everyone who is living with food allergies. We are pleased to present this award to Trish Gavankar.
Outstanding Professional Award for Food Allergy Activism
Presented to an individual whose professional effort and expertise has made a positive impact in the lives of people with food allergies and supported the food allergy community through education, awareness, establishment of accommodation best practices and/or advocacy efforts.
Presented to Chef TJ Sudiswa
Over the years, Chef TJ Sudiswa has gone above and beyond to accommodate food allergy families at Disney World, and FARE community members across the country were quick to share wonderful examples of what we hope to see in the future as best hospitality practices for diners with food allergies. For the meaningful impact he has made through his thoughtful and careful creations in the kitchen, ensuring that diners with food allergies feel safe and included, we are pleased to present this award to Chef TJ Sudiswa.
Teen Achievement Award
Presented to an outstanding youth volunteer whose dedicated service advances awareness of our cause.
Presented to Michael Mandanas
Michael Mandanas has made a tremendous impact in his local Oklahoma community. Through his engagement with the FARE Walk for Food Allergy and education and advocacy efforts related to restaurant training and epinephrine access in schools, Michael has dedicated himself to improving the lives of those affected by food allergies. We are proud to have Michael as a member of the FARE Teen Advisory Group. Those of us who saw Michael speak at the FARE Teen Summit last fall immediately recognized what a great role model Michael is, and we congratulate him on this achievement. We are pleased to present this award to Michael Mandanas.
Congratulations to all of the recipients of the 2016 FARE Vision Awards!