On Saturday, November 15, the SMU Physician Assistant (PA) program hosted The Great Gatsby Fundraiser Game Night, benefiting FACES for the Future, an organization that empowers high school students and encourages health care exploration.View the photo album.
"We chose to partner with FACES because many of our classmates were mentors to the high school students last school year," said Rochell Ermitanio, PA student. "Through this mentorship, we saw FACES’s impact on addressing upstream issues that help to reduce health disparities. Supporting an organization like FACES empowers high school students to pursue a career in health care, develop leadership and life skills, and expand their network and support group."
The event was a huge success, with attendees representing various SMU programs, both students and faculty, and friends and family from the Bay Area. There were poker and blackjack tables, carnival-style games, silent auction prizes, a chance to win an iPad mini, and a “splash seat” featuring SMU staff and faculty. The event raised over $4,500.00.
SMU faculty that participated in the event include:
Dr. Tomas Magaña, (FACES Coalition Director) - Assistant Professor/Medical Director in the Master Physician Assistant Program
Dr. Mike DeRosa (Faculty Advisor, soaker seat participant) - Chair of the Master of Physician Assistant program
Dr. Craig Elliott (soaker seat participant) - Assistant Vice President Enrollment and Student Services
Tammy Valenta (soaker seat participant) – Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Kamla Ahluwalia (soaker seat participant) - Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Dr. Sharon Gorman (soaker seat participant) – Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Department
"The Gatsby Event Team is so thankful to all the individuals and companies who donated items for the silent auction, the faculty who volunteered in the “splash seat,” Ms. Milagros for catering the event, the PA program and class of 2015 for their engagement and assistance, and all the attendees of the event," said Ermitanio.
Click here to view more photos!