AS WE HAVE SEEN more than ever over the past two years , the ISPA family is as generous as it is resilient . Our community has come together in support of others , donating time , money and resources to those in need right when they need it most , regardless of where the needs arise around the world . Now at the end of what has been an incredibly hopeful year in the life of our association , we look forward to a fun-filled month with opportunities for you to get involved in benefitting the ISPA Foundation while also taking care of your holiday shopping .
Opening for bidding on November 11 , ISPA ’ s second
Virtual Holiday Auction will be held through the Handbid mobile app and close on November 19 . As you saw earlier in this issue , there have been some great items donated from the ISPA community , including a multitude of skincare products , fashion accessories , getaways , fitness items and gift baskets filled with local food and beverage items . If you haven ’ t started your holiday shopping , this is the perfect place to begin . Not only will you be finding an excellent gift for a friend or family member , but you will be supporting the ISPA Foundation ’ s mission of providing definitive research and data on the spa industry .
I have little doubt that our members will follow up a successful auction on Giving Tuesday ( November 29 ) to support a wealth of worthy causes . Now in its tenth year of existence , Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement that has expanded far beyond a single day of generosity . As you plan all the ways you and your business will do some good this Giving Tuesday , we humbly ask you to consider a donation to the ISPA Foundation . We ’ re committed to continuing ISPA ’ s mission of elevating the spa industry at every opportunity , and we ’ re confident that the generous support of our members will help us continue to drive the recovery we have seen over this past year .
No matter the amount , we ’ re grateful for every donation that finds its way to us , because every donation leaves us that much more able to serve our exceptional members . Thank you for all you ’ ve done this year to support yourselves , your teams , your guests , your communities and the causes you hold dear . We look forward to seeing everyone on the other side in 2023 .
ISPA FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS CHAIR Frank Pitsikalis Agilysys
DIRECTORS Patrick Huey ISPA Chair
Kelleye Martin ISPA Vice Chair
Lynne McNees ISPA President
ADVISOR TO THE BOARD Garrett Mersberger
ISPA MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent A . Bauer , MD Mayo Clinic
HONORARY FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER Deborah Szekely Rancho La Puerta
Donations of all sizes make a difference . Visit experienceispa . com / about / ispa-foundation to show your support .
— FRANK PITSIKALIS , ISPA FOUNDATION CHAIR
58 PULSE n NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2022