CHPA Educational Foundation Holds Successful Gala; Announces New Board Member

Washington, D.C. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation held its fall board meeting and second annual gala on November 15, 2017. The gala is the only fundraiser held by the foundation to support its vision of happier, healthier lives through responsible self-care.


Hosting the gala were CHPA Educational Foundation chair, Christopher D. DeWolf, president and CEO, Lil’ Drug Store Products, Inc.; Scott Melville, president and CEO, CHPA; and Mary Leonard, director, CHPA Educational Foundation. Joining them were 225 attendees from 72 member companies and healthcare organizations. The gala’s major sponsors included Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., AmerisourceBergen, Bayer Consumer Health, The Emerson Group, and Facebook.

The gala highlighted the foundation’s important work and achievements over the past year to educate consumers about safe use, storage, and disposal of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, with initiatives like the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose campaign and the Up and Away campaign, led by CDC’s PROTECT Initiative. 

The CHPA Educational Foundation also honored three deserving organizations from the vibrant consumer healthcare products industry:

  • Walgreens received the Distinguished Industry Partner of the Year Award for making safe medicine disposal a priority through their in-store kiosks, helping to combat drug diversion, and providing an easy solution for consumers looking to dispose of unwanted or expired medications. 
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research received the Outstanding Community Partner of the Year Award for being a committed and integral partner of the foundation, specifically by serving as an advisor on both the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose campaign and the Up and Away campaign, led by CDC’s PROTECT Initiative. 

  • Bayer Consumer Health won the Industry Leadership Award for Advancing Responsible Self-Care in recognition of their campaign, The HeroSmiths, which educates people everywhere to carry aspirin in the event someone nearby suffers a suspected heart attack. The campaign featured people with the last name Smith, the most common last name in America, as a personal way to prove that anyone who carries Bayer® Aspirin can be a hero. 

Please click here to view a full photo gallery of the CHPA Educational Foundation Gala. 

Earlier in the day, the foundation also elected to its board of directors Morris Lewis, senior director, corporate affairs lead, Pfizer Consumer Health. 

“We are pleased to have Morris join our board during this pivotal time for the CHPA Educational Foundation,” said Chris DeWolf. “Morris brings years of experience in consumer healthcare to this leadership role, and I know he will provide valuable insights and guidance to help the foundation continue on its growth trajectory.”


The CHPA Educational Foundation’s mission is to serve as the trusted source of information on the responsible use of consumer healthcare products and educates consumers on how to use, store, and dispose of OTC medicines responsibly.


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