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Annual Fund for Medicine Gala Draws Its Largest Crowd Ever

Monday, March 29, 2010

 John and Tee Kelly served as hosts for the event.

New Waves in Medicine was the theme of this year’s Fund for Medicine Gala, held March 27, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. “Our faculty work to extend the knowledge of science and the scope of practice, creating new horizons in medicine,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, acting president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Dean of the School of Medicine. “For more than 200 years we have led the way with generations of pioneers, and we continue to lead today. Amazingly talented physicians and scientists are continuing our tradition of breakthroughs to create new waves of discovery in biomedical research, medical education and clinical care.”


These new waves of discovery were highlighted in a video about faculty research breakthroughs shown to the over 700 guests who attended the gala (click on video to the right to view it now). The evening also included a presentation about the ongoing work that many of our faculty are doing in Haiti. Tom Scalea, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and physician-in-chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, brought many in the audience to tears as he shared the details of his Haiti experience and asked for continued support of the medical teams Shock Trauma will be sending there for as long funding permits.


After the program, which was hosted by John Kelly of Kelly Benefit Strategies and his wife, Tee, guests couldn’t resist hitting the dance floor thanks to a vibrant performance by Mood Swings, featuring alumnus Jack Vaeth, MD, Class of 1992.


The gala raised more than $376,000 for the School of Medicine, money that will provide critical funding for both translational research and clinical initiatives. “Your support and encouragement help us beyond measure to advance our goals and pursue excellence in all we do,” Dean Reece told supporters. “Thank you for your presence and for your enduring belief in our mission.”


Special thanks goes to the sponsors of this year’s gala. Whiting Turner was the presenting sponsor of the event. Platinum Sponsors were PNC Bank and University of Maryland Medical System. Gold sponsors were Joseph Farda and family and M&T Bank. Silver sponsors were Baker Hostetler, LLP; BD Diagnostics; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carlucci; Comcast Corporation; Kelly Benefit Strategies; Mercy Medical Health Services; Roche Diagnostics, Inc., Skanska USA Building and University Physicians, Inc. Bronze sponsors were the Association of American Medical Colleges; Bevel Design; Dynasplint Systems, Inc.; Illumina, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.; University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. and Webb Mason. Gordon Feinblatt sponsored the entertainment and Echo Communications was a Patron sponsor.

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 A powerful image from the Power Point presentation on our faculty's mission work in Haiti.

 Dean Reece thanked the many generous donors who came out to support the School of Medicine even in these trying financial times.

 Last year's hosts, Dr. Robert E. Fischell and wife Susan, could not resist cutting a rug to the sounds of Mood Swings.

 Dr. Donald Wilson, former dean of the School of Medicine, and his wife Patricia caught up with Michael Cryor, chair of the Board of Visitors.

 The wave theme extended to the decor, which featured rich shades of blue.

 The guest list included students, as well as faculty, donors and other friends of the School.

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