Special Events

Friday, Nov. 8 | 11:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | New Orleans Marriott Grand Ballroom — Acadia 3rd Floor

AARC Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit

The 5th Annual AARC Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit meeting will be held the day before Congress begins. AARC welcomes respiratory therapists as well as their patients and caregivers to learn the secrets of how to improve patient care. The meeting will highlight the successes and challenges in patient care through lectures from leading respiratory therapists, physicians and advocates. The event is free and lunch will be provided.

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Friday, Nov. 8 | 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. | Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

ARCF Fundraiser Gala “Night Under the Sea”

2019’s 7th annual ARCF fundraiser will be themed Night Under the Sea, and will take place at New Orlean’s Audubon Aquarium of the Americas near NOLA’s popular French Quarter. There’s no better way to kick off AARC Congress than by experiencing the magic of the ARCF annual fundraiser and to support the respiratory profession.

Saturday, Nov. 9 | 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. | La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom

AARC Awards Ceremony

Saturday, Nov. 9 | 9:35 a.m.–10:25 a.m. | La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom

Keynote Address

Award-winning Journalist — with more than 50 years of experience — Ted Koppel will kick off AARC Congress 2019 with his opening keynote message “It’s COPD — Dammit!”

Saturday, Nov. 9 | 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. | New Orleans Marriott — Arcadia Ballroom

AARC Welcome Party

Sunday–Monday, Nov. 10–11 | AARC Exhibit Hall Booth #1127

Big Ideas Theater

Big Ideas Theater will be filmed live at AARC Congress in New Orleans, LA during Exhibit Hall hours. Visit the AARC booth to watch Congress speakers and lecturers share their expertise and insights during these brief interviews.

Monday, Nov. 11 | 8:50 a.m.–9:20 a.m. | La Nouvelle Theatre

Flag Folding Ceremony

Flag Folding Ceremony

Monday, Nov. 11 | 5:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | La Nouvelle Theatre

42nd Sputum Bowl Finals and Reception

Sputum Bowl

Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 12:45 p.m.–2:15 p.m. | La Nouvelle Theatre

Closing Ceremony — Walter Bond Motivational Speaker

You must see this Closing Ceremony speaker! Walter Bond is a motivational and team building speaker that will reveal his steps to crush your roadblocks so you can achieve your next level and be the best respiratory therapist you can be. Stop wishing and start achieving; this could be your most important session you attend!

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