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50th Anniversary: The Scholarship Fundraising Gala sets a record

Date: July 28th, 2015 in Alumni News, Faculty, Giving, JABSOM News    Print or PDF

Jake Shimabukuro performing at the 50th gala.

Pictured: Renowned Ukulele Master Jay Shimabukuro performs at the 50th Anniversary Gala

By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director

The incredible evening of July 18, 2015 (declared “JABSOM Day” by Hawaiʻi’s County Mayors) brought together a record crowd at a hotel ballroom to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legislation authorizing a medical school at the University of Hawaiʻi.

The event was the largest single event ever held at the Sheraton-Waikīkī, with 1,300 attendees who helped raise some $750,000 to support the education of future MDs.

Greeting the guests, Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of JABSOM said, “Spanning the past 50 years JABSOM faculty administrators and students have displayed a tireless work ethic in a commitment to excellence in remarkable care in compassion in their quest to ensure the health of all Hawaiʻi’s people. Tonight we celebrate the past tomorrow we will return our focus to the road ahead the work still to be done and the exciting discoveries before us.”

The son of former Governor John A. Burns, after whom JABSOM is named, was generous in his comments. “I have no doubt that if my father was here tonight announcing which of his 1962 long-term goals and objectives are being achieved to the satisfaction of his vision JABSOM would be at the top of his list.”

“It truly warms my heart to see so many alumni here tonight to reconnect with friends and colleagues and to reminisce about our old good old days,” said Dr. Carla Nip Sakamoto, the event co-chair and co-emcee. “You are the heart and soul of our history and your presence tonight affirms your Aloha for JABSOM and your support of our future. A special Mahalo goes out to all of you that traveled from faraway places on the mainland across the mainland and from the neighbor islands. Thank you for sharing this time with us.”

Co-Chair and co-emcee Dr. Thomas Kosasa said, “The wonderful evening tonight is due to the “5-0″ Committee and all of us here this evening tonight are due to the invitational committee we actually sold 131 tables which which is the largest single event that Sheraton has ever seen in its history so fantastic one hundred thirty-one tables.”

And Hawaiʻi Governor Governor David Ige said the University of Hawaiʻi medical school is a source of great pride in the Aloha State. “The John a Burns School of Medicine was started on a simple dream that the best and the brightest in our communities should have the opportunity to be trained as physicians right here at home. And clearly I think all of us would be proud of the accomplishments of JABSOM for all that you do. So I wanted to congratulate all the faculty staff and students for all that you have done in the 50 years to prove the vision true. Congratulations to all of you. You know as a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of JABSOM and now as your governor I’m proud to be able to represent all the governors who preceded me. You know each and every one of us had some part in making JABSOM the best among the best in the country,” said Ige.

See hundreds of photographs from the Gala on UH Med Flickr:

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