‘A Night to Remember’ raises $809,000 to fund scholarships for UTHSCT’s biotechnology master’s program

Friday, May 18, 2012

“A Night to Remember” benefit has raised $809,000 for scholarships to the biotechnology master’s degree program in the School of Medical Biological Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

“We are so excited to have raised such a phenomenal amount. ‘A Night to Remember’ has proved to be one of Tyler’s most successful fundraising events in recent years. These funds will provide crucial support as we expand our efforts in biological sciences and health professions,” UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

More than 275 people attended the Thursday, May 17, 2012, event at the Harvey Convention Center, which was transformed into a Broadway theater-like setting. Audience members were treated to a Broadway-show-style evening of timeless songs and dance from the movies.

They enjoyed selections from classic and contemporary movie hits such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Footloose,” “As Time Goes By,” and “All That Jazz” performed by four vocalists, eight dancers, and the 14-piece Galaxy Orchestra of St. Louis.

“We want to thank all of our donors and supporters. They showed their tremendous support for UTHSCT and its educational mission through their very generous donations despite these tough economic times,” said “Mac” Griffith, chief development officer and vice president for institutional advancement at UTHSCT.

UTHSCT is home to three physician residency training programs: a Family Medicine Residency Program, an Occupational Medicine Residency Program, and the newest one, in partnership with Good Shepherd Health System, an Internal Medicine Residency Program.
In addition, hundreds of students in nursing, respiratory therapy, lab technology, and other health professions receive hands-on training at UTHSCT every year.

Members of the “A Night to Remember” steering committee were Linda Buckner, Jeanette Deas Calhoun, Debby Davis, Annette Findley, Maxine Flatt, Wendy Frizzell, Genelle Gann, LaVerne Gollob, Martha Griffith, Laura Hyde, Verlaine MacClements, Marsha Nelson, and Connie Seale.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded $118.6 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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