Touro University Nevada Annual Gala Raises $120,000 for Student Scholarships

Touro University Nevada celebrated its annual Gala on March 5 as numerous donors helped to raise $120,000 for student scholarships during the fun-filled evening at The Four Seasons.

More than 500 people attended the event, which was hosted by Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Western Division. In attendance from the Touro College and University System was Alan Kadish, President; David Rabb, Executive Vice President; and Mark Hasten, Chairman of the Board.

Touro College and University System President Dr. Alan Kadish and Executive Vice President David Raab

Guests were treated to an exquisite three-course meal and spent the evening sharing laughs and raising money for students by purchasing raffle tickets for prizes in addition to bidding on items during the silent auction.

Stressing the importance of providing quality health care for the nation’s military veterans, Anthony J. Principi, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, spoke to the crowd. Principi, who served as head of the VA from 2001-05 under former President George W. Bush, worked closely with Berkley when she was in Congress to help bring the new VA hospital to Southern Nevada.

He sang praise of Berkley during his speech and assured the crowd that Touro University Nevada was in good hands with her at the helm.

CEO and Senior Provost Shelley Berkley, George Levine and Anthony J. Principi

During the evening, Vanessa Halvorsen, 2017 Osteopathic Medicine Student Body President, spoke to the crowd, and the university honored several groups and individuals. Fahima and Ashraf Khalaf of Kalifano’s were presented with the Touro Service Award for their service and commitment to the university. Sonny and Fran Dweck of Regis Galerie were also presented with the Touro Service Award for their continuous silent auction contributions, which include artwork, sculptures and much more for both the Gala and Season of Lights events.

The Clark County Medical Society Alliance was given the Touro Award of Distinction for its longstanding support of the university by providing scholarships to Touro students. The Alliance also helped raise funds for the second mobile healthcare clinic.

College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Dr. John Dougherty, third year medical student Vanessa Halvorsen, & Shane Halvorsen

Southwest Medical Associates was also presented with the Touro Award of Distinction for its partnership with the university’s Physician Assistant Studies program. Their contributions include a recent $145,000 donation and a pilot program that allows PA students the opportunity to complete their clinical rotations.

The evening’s final award was presented to Michael Tang, MD. Tang, who recently joined Touro University Nevada’s Advisory Board, has helped enhance how the university teaches its students by helping to develop the Tang Center for Professional Practice Simulation. The new center will provide Touro students with state-of-the-art patient simulators that will increase their competencies in medical knowledge, critical thinking, patient care, and communication.

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