Grand Affair raises money to support WVSOM scholarships

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a guest at one of Jay Gatsby's extravagant parties during the Roaring Twenties?

Community members have the opportunity to experience a Gatsbyesque-themed formal event during the annual Grand Affair. The event, which is hosted by the WVSOM Student Government Association, directly supports student scholarships.

This year's festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 7, in the Colonial Ballroom at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.

The event is instrumental in raising money for a SGA sponsored scholarship to students who exemplify academic leadership, community involvement and the osteopathic medical profession.

Miles Medina, Class of 2017, is one of the students who has been the recipient of a scholarship. He was awarded the Student D.O. of the Year during this year's annual Spring Awards Ceremony. The award acknowledges a student's commitment to his or her school, community and the osteopathic profession.

Medina said that being a scholarship recipient is a humbling experience and one that he is grateful for beyond words.

"There are numerous ups and downs in our education — sleepless nights, studying for hours, ensuring this is the right path for us, etc. We are always seeking inspirations to fuel our compassion to become the future physicians we desire to be," he said. "It is scholarships like this that reaffirm and solidify my commitment to osteopathic medicine while simultaneously encouraging students to become leaders both inside and outside of the classroom."

The Grand Affair isn't just about raising money for students. It's also about offering students, WVSOM administrators, alumni and community and business leaders a networking opportunity and an entertaining evening. The event will include a strolling dinner, dancing, silent auction items and a photo booth to capture memories from the evening.

Time is running out to purchase tickets. Tickets will be available to the public for $150 until Tuesday, Nov. 3. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

To purchase tickets, call the WVSOM Office of Student Affairs at (304) 647-6401.