The MGH Institute of Health Professions celebrated its 35th anniversary with a gala that raised more than $377,000 for student scholarships.
The October 25 gala drew more than 300 people to the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel where they helped raise scholarship money for students studying nursing, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology at the health sciences graduate school located in Charlestown.
“The scholarships we are able to award each year promote access to a professional education for a broad spectrum of our students who will go on to make exceptional contributions in their fields and touch the lives of many patients, and their families and communities,” President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, told the audience, according to the school.
The audience pledged a total of $94,000 during a live auction. Four sponsors-- Minute Clinic, John Hancock Financial Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sanders—each donated $25,000 to the scholarship fund.
Sumner W. Brown; The Knowles Family; MGH Nurses' Alumnae Association; Putnam Investments; and George and Barbara Thibault each donated $10,000.
Since its first gala in 2007, MGH Institute has raised nearly $2 million in student scholarships.
The 35th Anniversary Gala, the school said, was an opportunity to commemorate the Institute’s position as one of the country’s only graduate schools devoted solely to health professions education.
“From its inception, the MGH Institute has been on the forefront in educating tomorrow's health care leaders,” said George Thibault, MD, chairman of the board of trustees. “With more than 1,200 enrolled students and almost 4,500 graduates, we continue to educate leaders who significantly impact the delivery of health care across the country and around the globe.”
The school's student population has doubled over the past nine years as it expanded existing programs, added new degrees, and earned high rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
“As we celebrate the Institute’s 35th Anniversary, I am reminded that the Institute is what it is because of the people who are here now and because of those who have come before us," Bellack said. "We are all part of the legacy - all of us, working, studying, and putting our care for others into practice.”