Stamatakis Golf Classic Raises $275,000
July 21, 2014
The 13th annual Manuel Stamatakis Golf Classic, held by Drexel University College of Medicine, raised $275,000, bringing the total raised to more than $3 million since the event debuted in 2002.
More than 100 golfers hit the links — and braved the steamy conditions — at the Philadelphia Cricket Club on July 14 to raise scholarship funds for students with proven academic ability and financial need.
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"One of the College's guiding principles is our tradition of providing educational opportunity to those who might not otherwise have it, and this event helps us do just that for several future physicians," said Stamatakis.
This year's fundraiser also included the Manuel Stamatakis Matching Gift Challenge for Scholarships in Medicine. Qualifying donations are matched dollar for dollar, doubling the scholarship amounts available to each medical student.
Co-chairs for this year's golf classic were Daniel V. Schidlow, MD, Annenberg Dean and senior vice president of medical affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine; Michael P. Halter, CEO of Hahnemann University Hospital; and William R. Sasso, Esq., chairman of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP.
This year's scholarship recipients:
Blake Bowden is a third-year student. He was working in the aerospace industry on the West Coast when he realized that medicine was his calling. He and his wife decided to overhaul their lives and move east so he could come to Drexel.
Wayne Cheng, a former software engineer, is a fourth-year student. After several years away from school, the transition was daunting, but he has excelled in medical school. His goal is to become an interventional radiologist.
Clare Coda is a fourth-year student. Growing up she was inspired by several physician role models, whose careers enabled them to touch lives. She is drawn to primary care, providing care to underserved populations, and practicing in a small-town community.
Peter Kim is a fourth-year student. This is his third year as a scholar, and he has received honors in the majority of his classes. He plans on practicing in a large, urban center in either internal medicine or neurology, and he wants to teach.
Bridgette McCabe is a third-time scholar and entering her last year of medical school. She is a tutor for second-year students and a peer adviser for new students. She plans to pursue ophthalmology and would like to stay in Philadelphia and work with the underserved.
Carolyn Park is a fourth-year student, who earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and spent five years in cardiac research.
Rachel Ashley Rafferty is entering her third year of medical school. She first considered medicine during her freshman year in college. A four-week mission trip to India changed her life, and that experience spurs her on as an aspiring pediatrician.
Christopher Scanlon is a third-year medical student, and this is his second year as a scholar. Working in clinical research as an undergraduate first sparked his desire to become a physician. Volunteer work reaffirmed his desire to work with the underserved.
David Wong is in his fourth year. Natural sciences became a passion for him in high school. Medicine allows him to apply this passion while helping others. He plans to specialize in pediatric critical care and pediatric anesthesiology.
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