Steps away from classrooms and study spaces, NEOMED students, staff and faculty gathered in the NEW Center Ballroom Saturday, Feb. 16, dressed in their finest to help celebrate a good cause. The Annual Aesculapius Charity Ball has become a tradition, with NEOMED students, staff and faculty gathering for a night of celebration in memory of Sarah Cho, a member of the Class of 1997 who passed away as a third-year College of Medicine student, and Tahani Mansour, Pharm.D. (’13). The Charity Ball raises money for the Sarah Cho Memorial and Tahani Mansour Memorial scholarships, which are awarded to outstanding medical and pharmacy students.
The party began with a bustling cocktail and hors d'oeuvre hour. Following the introduction of special faculty and their guests, the evening continued with dinner, dancing and raffle giveaways.
“A beautiful speech was given by the dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Young, who reminded us of why the Charity Ball is special and the impact Dr. Cho had the NEOMED community. A heartwarming speech, given by Dr. Boyle, one of Dr. Mansour’s colleagues, brought tears to some eyes, as she spoke on some of her fondest memories of Tahani,” said Nour Yacoub, a first-year College of Medicine student.
Making it possible
This year’s Charity Ball was planned by a committee of 20 medicine and pharmacy students.
“They helped plan everything from reaching out to donors to creating the centerpieces to designing a snapchat filter for the event,” Yacoub said. The event was sponsored by the NEOMED Student Council, the American Medical Student Association, the American Pharmacists Association and the Office of Student Affairs.