Nearly 300 civic, business, healthcare and community leaders along with second year, third year and the incoming class of medical students attended the recent third-annual White Coats-4-Care Reception that raised more than $55,000 to “dress and equip” and embrace FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s newest class for healthcare career success. Founded, sponsored and presented by Kaye Communications, Inc., the event was co-hosted by JAZZIZ Nightlife, providing hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a post-event show at spectacular venue. Admission to the event was a donation for underwriting white coats, need-based scholarships and academic medical education to support the incoming class to the first and only medical school in Palm Beach County. Guests had the opportunity meet and mingle with various faculty members including the medical school dean; Dr. David Bjorkman and recently appointed FAU Acting President Dennis Credele. The event was also attended by Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie and Council Member/CRA Director Constance Scott. One of the highlights of the evening was to hear from two new incoming medical students with extraordinary stories of what drew them to the path of training to become physicians. The White Coats-4-Care “awareness and fund” raising reception was again the first in the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s month-long “2013 Greater Boca Raton Festival Days” that pairs non- profit Boca Chamber members together with for-profit Chamber members to raise awareness and vital funds for the non- profit member’s philanthropic efforts. For Chamber Trustee Member Kaye Communications, a South Florida-based strategic integrated marketing and public relations firm, pairing with FAU’s new medical school was a natural fit. Firm President and Chief Strategist Bonnie S. Kaye serves on the boards of directors of both the Chamber and the FAU Foundation, and firm Chief Operating Officer and Marketing Strategist Jon Kaye serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the FAU medical school. “Every year, aspiring future physicians are embraced by the community at the White Coats-4-Care event, and to be a part of that and then to attend the White Coats ceremony at FAU the following week is truly a highlight of the year for Bonnie and I, and is something we always look forward to,” said Jon Kaye. “It is a great opportunity and an honor to have Palm Beach County’s only medical school right here in our community, and so gratifying for all involved — from the faculty and students to the hospital residency partners — to have so many civic, community, business and healthcare leaders embracing and supporting FAU’s trailblazing academic excellence and its dedicated medical school faculty and students.” The 64 exceptional young men and women will receive a white coat that represents integrity, compassion and trust and symbolizes their shared commitment to serve patients and honor the Hippocratic Oath, Kaye continued. FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine third class, the class of 2017, has a cumulative GPA of 3.6 and an average MCAT score of 31. These numerical measures are right in line with the national benchmark of all students who began medical school in the U.S. last year. Most of the major colleges and universities in Florida are represented in the entering class. For more information about the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, visit med.fau.edu.