WVSOM Gala funds student scholarships

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) invites the community to an event that benefits student scholarships.

The WVSOM Gala, formerly the Grand Affair, will take place at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 28, in the Conference Center located in the WVSOM Student Center on the school’s campus in Lewisburg. This year’s theme is Tropical Nights.

The Student Government Association (SGA) hosts the event, which includes a formal evening with a strolling dinner, silent auction, photo booth and dancing. The gala is the largest fundraising event that directly supports student scholarships each academic year.

“We are thrilled to have the WVSOM Gala on campus this year in the Student Center,” said WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D. “I am looking forward to an evening that will bring together students, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate WVSOM students. The Student Center is a great venue for this event and I can’t wait to see what culinary delights Chef Adam [Sydenstricker, WVSOM’s director of food and beverage] and staff will have for those attending. It will be an evening of fellowship, great food, music and dancing, all for a great cause — raising scholarship dollars for our hard-working, dedicated students.”    

Scholarships are given to WVSOM students who exemplify academic leadership and community involvement or are an ideal representative of the osteopathic medical profession.

Blake Jones, Class of 2022, has benefited from scholarship dollars raised by previous years’ events. He was one of the recipients of the Student Government Association Leadership Scholarship, through which peers select someone who has mentored fellow students, shared their own resources to facilitate the learning of others, participated in clubs or organized events and brought students together in new and creative ways.

“To be selected as a recipient of the SGA Leadership Scholarship has been an immense honor,” Jones said. “This award has allowed me to focus less on the financial burden of attending medical school and more on evolving as a physician and contributing toward making the community around me a better and safer place. I am forever grateful to the WVSOM SGA for the opportunities this scholarship has provided me.”

While the primary purpose of the WVSOM Gala is to raise money for student scholarships, it is also an opportunity to build relationships among students, staff, alumni, community members and business leaders.

SGA President Aaron Byczynski, Class of 2022, is another scholarship recipient. He said student government leaders are asking for community members to help offset the price of medical school and receive an unforgettable evening in return.  

“WVSOM and the Lewisburg community have a very unique relationship. We offer the community just as much support as they offer us,” he said. “WVSOM students would be extremely grateful if members of the community would help us yet again by attending an amazing night with food, drinks, dancing and community relationship building at the 2019 WVSOM Gala. Let’s continue to build this relationship and support student scholarships.”

Tickets are available to the public for $150 until Sept. 25. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. To purchase tickets, call Marietta Chaney at 304-647-6400.

Date Added: 
Monday, September 9, 2019