Grand Affair raises more than $25,000 for student scholarships

Extravagant masks sparkled throughout the Colonial Ballroom at The Greenbrier in celebration of the “Masquerade” theme during WVSOM’s annual Grand Affair. Guests enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing while raising money for the Student Government Association’s (SGA) scholarships. This year the event raised $26,453.

“The Grand Affair is SGA’s largest fundraising event every year. The event was everything that we had hoped it would be, but the real excitement is going to be in the spring when we can distribute the scholarship funds that we raised to our fellow students,” said Reina Lopez, SGA president.

Jim Nemitz, Ph.D., vice president for administration and external relations, shared Lopez’s enthusiasm for the successful evening.

“This year’s Grand Affair was a fabulous event. The beautifully decorated ballroom was filled with guests dressed in masquerade enjoying delicious food and having fun dancing the night away. The event had a successful silent auction and, combined with the generous support of our sponsors, raised funds for student scholarships,” said Nemitz.

The SGA scholarships are awarded to students who exemplify academic leadership, community involvement and the osteopathic medical profession. 

Many area supporters stepped forward to help underwrite the event and the students at WVSOM. Sponsors of the Grand Affair included:

  • Benefactors- Gillespie’s Flowers, The Greenbrier Resort

  • Platinum- Cabell Huntington Hospital, Charleston Area Medical Center, Davis Eye Center/ Charles H. Davis, D.O., Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Highland Hospital, Medical Missions & Imaging, PC, Morgan Stanley, Raleigh General Hospital, WVSOM Alumni Association, Inc., WVSOM Foundation, Inc.,

  • Silver- Baily & Wyant, PLLC, Dr. and Mrs. Art Rubin, Our Lady Bellefonte Hospital, Meritus Medical Center, Summit Health

  • Bronze- Dermatology Centers, Inc./ Thomas M. Karrs, M.D.