The Avanzino Leadership Award honors the recipient for their outstanding leadership and purposeful dedication to the human-animal bond.

This award is named after Rich Avanzino, known for his ground breaking and creative approach to innovative programs that promote live outcomes and Maddie’s Fund® President from 1998 - 2015. It recognizes significant achievement and courage to look beyond the status quo and make bold decisions to improve the lives of pets and their people.

The award is presented with a $25,000 grant to be designated by recipient.

Recipients of this prestigious honor:

James Evans

2022: James Evans

Dr. Lila Miller

2021: Dr. Lila Miller

Dr. Michael Blackwell

2020: Dr. Michael Blackwell

Dr. Julie Levy

2017: Dr. Julie Levy

2016: Dr. Ellen Jefferson