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Director of External Communications
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TAMPA, FL (Oct. 13, 2008) - David Elm, Nancy Pruitt, and Joe and his wife Betty Schutte were announced at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation Awards Ceremony as new inductees into the NCPA Foundation Legacy Society. The festivities were part of NCPA's Annual Convention and Trade Exposition being held October 11-15 in Tampa, FL. Each of the recipients of this honor have donated a major gift-in excess of $10,000, to the NCPA Foundation-which allows it to fulfill its objective of preserving the legacy of independent community pharmacies through a myriad of programs targeted to research, education, disaster relief and student outreach.

"The NCPA Foundation's efforts are dependent on charitable donations, and on certain occasion's individuals deserve special recognition for going above and beyond any reasonable expectation in terms of what they give," said Sharlea Leatherwood, RPh, NCPA Foundation president. "David Elm, Nancy Pruitt, and Joe and Betty Schutte are the new inductees into the NCPA Foundation Legacy Society because of the extraordinary gifts they bestow on the NCPA Foundation."

Elm is the manager of the Wardenburg Student Health Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The center provides a wide array of medical services to the campus and has 200 employees. Elm contributed by earmarking his gift to the Dennis Ludwig Memorial Fund. Elm was a close personal friend of Ludwig who was president of NCPA from 1996 to 1997, who died in 2006 soon after returning home from the annual NCPA Legislative Conference. Recently, the NCPA Foundation Board designated the Ludwig Fund to support pharmacy student participation in the NCPA Legislative Conference. With Elm's assistance, the Fund is now close to 40,000 dollars. The goal is to increase this Fund to more than $50,000.

Schutte is a trustee on the NCPA Foundation board and was NCPA president from 1985 to 1986. He owns six pharmacies in Kentucky. Schutte partnered with the Pruitt family in 2004 to establish the Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition Endowment Fund. The competition promotes interest in independent community ownership by having students submit and be judged on theoretical, detailed business plans to purchase existing pharmacies or establish new ones. Betty is a very successful entrepreneur in her own right as the owner of a real estate firm. She is also a past president of the National Board of Realtors. Pruitt started a scholarship she endowed in memory of her late husband, Neil Pruitt, Sr. He was a pillar of the independent pharmacy community, who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2003. He served as president of NCPA from 1981 to 1982; was a trustee on the NCPA Foundation board; and grew his company, United Health Services, from a single independent pharmacy in northeast Georgia into a multifaceted health care organization with operations in several southeastern states. Her efforts follow on the heels of her past leadership as a founding benefactor of the NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.

The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information or to make a donation, visit

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, employ over 300,000 employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to


Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314