MedShare’s Consul of Ecuador Recognition and Welcome Lunch

On Friday, January 21st, 2011, MedShare hosted a lunch at Horseradish Grill to recognize the Honorary Consul of Ecuador, Patricia Boezio, for all her work on behalf of MedShare over the past ten years, and welcome the new Consul of Ecuador, Ambassador Francisco Riofrio.

MedShare CEO A.B. Short, Francisco Riofrio, and Patricia Boezio


In her role, Consul Boezio helped MedShare ship 43 containers of medical humanitarian aid to 38 different recipients in Ecuador, which totaled over $7.2 million in value.

Patricia Boezio and MedShare CEO A.B. Short

One of the most notable moments of our long relationship with Consul Boezio was at MedShare’s 500th Container Celebration, in which she gave a most dynamic and inspirational speech about the strength of the Ecuadorian people as well as the need for medical aid.  The recipient of the 500th container was the Angela Loayza de Ollague Obstetrical Hospital in Santa Rosa (near Machala) where staff struggle to care for the town’s maternal infant population with limited supplies, equipment and staff resources.

Consul Boezio’s commitment to go the extra mile to help MedShare meet our short deadlines is deeply appreciated, and far exceeded our greatest expectations.

Luis Gallegos, the Ambassador in Ecuador in Washington, D.C., sent a note to MedShare’s COO Josh Kravitz recognizing Consul Boezio’s work. The letter was read during the ceremony by MedShare’s Shipments Manager, Amanda Panaigua.

Dear Mr. Kravitz,

MedShare's Amanda Paniagua reading a letter from Luis Gallegos, Ambassador of Ecuador in Washington, D.C.

Thank you for your invitation to attend MedShare’s formal lunch in Atlanta to recognize Mrs. Boezio and to welcome the new Consul General, Ambassador Riofrio. Most unfortunately I will be unable to attend due to prior engagements. I would, however, like to be there in spirit through the reading of this letter at the lunch.

I proudly commend both Mrs. Boezio and MedShare for their truly wonderful and inspiring humanitarian service to medically underserved hospitals throughout Ecuador. I think I speak for all of Ecuador when I say how honored I am to know of fellow Ecuadorians like Mrs. Boezio and of humanitarian organizations like MedShare. You are gifts to the world and I thank you dearly for your beautiful will to serve others.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Ambassador Riofrio as the new Consul General of Ecuador in Atlanta. The great significance and importance this region of the United States has for our National Government has been underlined by the designation of an Ambassador, a career diplomat, to the Ecuadorian Consulate. I wish Ambassador Riofrio all the best at his new post in Georgia. I have no doubt that he will be well received by the wonderful people of that state, which I have had the pleasure of visiting on many occasions.

With warm regards and gratitude.


Luis Gallegos, Washington D.C. Ambassador of Ecuador

We also welcome the new Consul of Ecuador, Francisco Riofrio. A career diplomat of over 35 years, Consul Riofrio has previously held the Consul of Ecuador position on San Franciso and was the Ambassador of Ecuador in Israel. He was appointed General Consul of Ecuador in Atlanta by the new government of Economista Rafael Correa, President of the Republic of Ecuador, and his jurisdiction includes NC, SC, TN, AL, and GA.

In attendance were a representative from Kimberly Clark and Southeastern Regional Council Members Sally Dean and Angie Engelberger.

Lunch attendees, including Kimberly Clark representative

La Vision, an Atlanta Hispanic newspaper, wrote a great article covering the event; it can be viewed here.

Attendees chatting post-lunch