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VF Video Earns Top Award

Left to Right: Joyce Kullman, Ben Wilson, Denny and Ruth Hale, Jacque Eidson, Kaley Beins

A Vasculitis Foundation (VF) video produced by a team of young adult patients with vasculitis recently earned an award as Best Short Video in the 2019 Nonprofit Connect Philly Awards. “Young Adults with Vasculitis Look to the Future,” is a montage of video clips put together by 12 young adults. The optimistic theme is that despite their serious challenges, young adults with vasculitis are pursuing life goals.

The VF was among 43 nonprofit organizations and 34 creative agencies and freelancers for excellence in marketing and communications at the 2019 Philly Awards on Wednesday, November 13 at The Vox Theatre, in Kansas City, Missouri. Now in their 17th year, the Philly Awards celebrate local nonprofits driving social change through outstanding achievements in communications and marketing.

Joyce Kullman, executive director of the VF, said the goal was to produce a video created by young adults for young adult patients. “Each May, we produce an original video for Vasculitis Awareness Month. We thought, who better to connect with the young adults in our community than their peers? Outside of a few guidelines, we turned this video over to a group of creative young people,” said Kullman.

Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson, a 26-year-old sports broadcaster with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) vasculitis, served as executive producer and post-production editor. To date, the video has more than 3,000 views on YouTube.

Appearing in the video: Kate Tierney, Brandon Hudgins, Matt Zupanc, Katrina Bargender, Lauren Becchetti, Sammy Snook, Sam Burke, Kaley Beins, Meaghan Carpenter, Mandy Livingston, Allison (Lint) Ross, and Ben Wilson.

Watch this award-winning video.