The Patterson Foundation to Donate $10 for Each Person Who Becomes an Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter Facebook Fan

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Foundation will donate up to $50,000 for new Facebook fans until Dec. 19, 2010

Now anyone with a Facebook account can make a difference by becoming a fan. We also encourage Facebook fans to make a donation.

The Patterson Foundation, a Sarasota, Florida-based New Realities Foundation, is teaming up with the Florida Arthritis Foundation to support 2010 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis events across Florida. Today, The Patterson Foundation announced an exciting new way to generate money for this important cause by using social media.

For each new person who visits the Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter’s Facebook page and clicks “Like” to become a Facebook fan between now and Dec. 19, 2010, The Patterson Foundation will donate $10 to support the 2010 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.

“We’re thrilled that more people will be learning about arthritis through our Facebook page,” said Anne Fair Forrest, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter. “We are extremely grateful that The Patterson Foundation’s generous support will help us share our story.”

The Patterson Foundation’s founder, Dorothy Patterson, lived with rheumatoid arthritis, so the teamwork between the two organizations is a natural fit.

“We’re pleased to honor Dorothy Patterson’s legacy by supporting the 2010 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Now anyone with a Facebook account can make a difference by becoming a fan. We also encourage Facebook fans to make a donation.”

The Patterson Foundation will continue to make $10 donations for new Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter Facebook fans through Dec. 19, 2010 or until the maximum contribution amount of $50,000 is reached.

To donate to the Florida Arthritis Foundation or find out more about the 2010 Jingle Bell Run/Walk, please visit

About The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation ( is the leading health organization addressing the needs of the 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. The Foundation helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; supporting research and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation, based in Sarasota, Fla., seeks to motivate others to think and act beyond today’s reality and strives to generate philanthropic impact by finding innovative ways to join together with individuals and entities. The Foundation’s ultimate work can be divided into two parts. The first is to transform communities by taking novel approaches to the challenges they face. The second is to provide relief to individuals during times of crisis. For more information, please visit


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