White Coats-4-Care Reception Raises $132,000 For FAU Charles E. Schmidt College Of Medicine Scholarships

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More than 225 donors along with students and faculty from FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine gathered to celebrate at the eighth annual White Coats-4-Care (WC4C) Donor Appreciation Reception that raised more than $132,000 to “dress and equip” the incoming class and fund scholarships.

The event preceded the formal Annual White Coat Ceremony held the same week when each of the incoming students walked the stage to receive their first White Coat that represents integrity, compassion and trust, and symbolizes their commitment to serve patients. Serving as a warm community welcome from WC4C donors, personal notes from the donors were inserted into each student’s coat pocket.

This year’s WC4C donor appreciation reception had an emphasis on scholarship funding for the first and only medical school in Palm Beach County.

With the average cost of medical school education and living expenses reaching $247,224 for students in-state to $391,792 for students out-of-state, 80-85 percent of students require financial assistance. Often this heavy debt impacts a student’s choice of medical schools as well as their medical specialty based on its income potential to repay loans.

Through the years the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine scholarship needs have increased. Thus, this year White Coats-4-Care has evolved to support the students where it is most needed.
In addition to the cost of tuition, there are other expenses including cost of books, living, food and equipment.

This year’s eighth annual White Coats-4-Care (WC4C) Reception advances from its traditional “new class” community welcome to becoming the college’s principal scholarship fundraiser.

To propel this heightened mission, new contribution options have been added: College of Medicine Lobby Tribute sponsorship and “White Coats Society” named four-year scholarship pledges.

Developed eight years ago and co-chaired each year by Kaye Communications (KCOM-PR) principals Bonnie and Jon Kaye, the total funds raised since inception is more than $410,000.

This WC4C was supported with a diverse planning committee of community and medical school leaders. This year, the committee members included: Doreen and Robert Alrod, Joan and Milton Bagley, Michelle Buttitta, Phyllis and Dr. Michael Dennis, Dr. Malcolm Dorman, Dr. Joanna and Bryan Drowos, Beth Garrod, June and Dr. Ira J. Gelb, Bonnie Halperin, Beverly and Dr. Lee Learman, Deborah Leising, Elizabeth and Dr. Stuart Markowitz, Lynn and Dr. Joseph Ouslander, Dr. Mark Rubenstein, Constance Scott, Marnique Sparago, JoAnne Williams and Dr. Sarah Wood.

For more information, pledging a gift or making a contribution, contact Yael Matan at the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, at ymatan@health.fau.edu or 561-297-4452. Online donations can also be made at https://fauf.fau.edu/WhiteCoats.