The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 15, 2012

Grand Affair to help fund scholarships

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The community is invited to support medical school scholarships while enjoying an evening of dinner and dancing at The Greenbrier.

Hosted by the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s Student Government Association, the annual Grand Affair is slated for Nov. 3 at the White Sulphur Springs resort. The evening, which includes a three-course meal, DJ, dancing and a silent auction, begins at 6:30 p.m.

Each year, this event raises money to fund scholarships for students who exemplify academic leadership, community involvement and the osteopathic medical profession.

“High standards have been set in the past, and we want to continue the tradition and success of the event,” SGA President Patrick Craft said. “A good medical education does not come cheaply. We understand what a difference these scholarships make to the individuals who earn them.”

WVSOM’s vice president of administration and external relations, Jim Nemitz, Ph.D., explained that the Grand Affair fundraiser began after the passing of Fredric W. Smith, a notable leader at the school.

In the early days of the event, more people from the surrounding communities attended, something organizers are encouraging this year.

“The school cares about the community, and I know the community cares about the school,” Nemitz said. “This is an opportunity for students and residents to mingle together outside of a health screening or community service project and actually get to know each other.”

Tickets are available to the public for $135 each. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible. To purchase tickets, call the WVSOM Office of Student Affairs at 304-647-6401 no later than Oct. 26.

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