Standing Out in Our Field Raises Over $100,000 for Medical Student Scholarships


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University 7 has stood out in its field raising more than $100,000 for its scholarship endowment. The annual event took place on Saturday August 27, 2022 at the Barboursville Soccer Complex.

“After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, it was wonderful to see so many people come out to enjoy the event and support the education of our current and future medical students,” said Linda S. Holmes, Director development and alumni affairs at the School. of Medicine. “Since our inaugural SOIOF event in 2014, we have invested nearly $700,000 in an endowment fund to provide scholarships.”

Over 500 guests enjoyed a ‘Night in Havana’ themed fundraising event and al fresco dinner featuring Big Planet Soul music, dancing and a gourmet Cuban menu prepared by the chief executive of Cabell Huntington Hospital, Don Sallada. Sixty medical students and future medical students (BS/MD program) served as volunteer servers.

“It has been an honor to volunteer and be a part of this fun event with my classmates and future medical students while helping to reduce student debt,” said Bethany Andrew, Class of 2025 President, Student in sophomore medicine from Bridgeport, West Virginia.

The title sponsor of the event is Mountain Health Network, the school’s lead academic hospital partner. Additional sponsors are: Valley Health Systems, Inc., Champion Industries, EP Leach & Sons Inc., Holzer Health System, Marshall University Research Corporation, OVP Health, Radiology, Inc., Retina Consultants, Highland Hospital, King’s Daughters Medical Center, MagMutual Insurance Company, Marshall Health, Dr. Maurice and Mrs. Diane Mufson, NorthStar Anesthesia, Ohio Valley Bank, Pleasant Valley Hospital, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Edward Tucker Architects, Inc., Wilmink Smith Cline Wealth Advisors, River Park Hospital, King Spirits , Walmart Supercenter #2244 and WoodmenLife.

Next year’s SOIOF8 will take place on Saturday August 26, 2023 at the Barboursville Park Soccer Complex. For more information or to donate to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, please contact Linda Holmes at 304-691-1711 or [email protected]



Publication date: Monday, August 29, 2022

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