Contact: Maggie Diebolt
April 22, 2008
CHARLESTON -- A record-breaking $44,000 was raised at this year's annual College of Medicine Student Council Charity Ball. Six local charities were presented with checks for $7,333.33 by Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) students at their Charity Ball Awards luncheon on April 18 at the Charleston Marriott. Charities receiving checks include: the CARES Clinic, Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Crisis Ministries, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Lowcountry Food Bank and Rise Up and Read
Since 1987, the Charity Ball has been the premiere social event of the academic year to help raise money for local charities. On March 1, MUSC faculty, staff, students and residents gathered at the Omar Shrine Convention Center to celebrate and give back to the local community. Co-sponsored by the College of Medicine Student Council and the Medical Student Alumni Council, the Charity Ball is the college's largest single charitable event of the year, and has raised more than $250,000 within the past ten years.
Proceeds were generated from the Charity Ball's 400-plus items included in a silent auction, as well as from advertising generated from the ball's program. Details about each of the charities and the ball can be found at: http://www.musc.edu/charityball/charities.html
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 11,000 employees, including 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.6 billion. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit www.musc.edu or www.muschealth.com.