The event raised more than $1,500 through ticket sales and an auction. Performances
were pre-recorded and in-person attendees observed social distancing.
On Wednesday, March 10, the Robert Berger Pediatrics Society at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosted its 14th annual campus-wide talent show to benefit Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia,
Delaware and Susquehanna Valley. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards making
the wishes of children with critical illnesses come true.
“Unfortunately, due to the current COVID pandemic, non-profit organizations like Make-A-Wish,
who rely on fundraising and donations, have suffered. That's why I was so determined
to find a way to make this event happen. I didn't want to let them down. I was lucky
to have such a supportive executive board in the Pediatrics Club to help make this
happen,” shared Amanda Bond (DO `24), president of the Robert Berger Pediatrics Society.
In addition to the efforts of the Pediatrics Society, a number of PCOM community members
worked hard to make the in-person event a possibility, as well as a success. Due to
the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the event featured pre-recorded performances from
those in the show. These performances were projected for those in attendance and those
watching remotely could follow along via Zoom video conferencing. Additionally, the
in-person portion of the event maintained strict social distancing and mask guidelines.
In total the club raised more than $1,500 through the sale of tickets and the in-person
auction, which included fun prizes like a year of free parking.
“The show this year was different from past years because the acts had to be pre-recorded
and shown on the projector instead of watching them performed live. This wasn't necessarily
a bad thing because it meant more creativity in the types of acts students could submit,”
shared Ms. Bond. “For example, Chris Fiorina (DO `23) and Chase McKevitt (DO `23)
created a stunt video that got a lot of laughs. They wouldn't have been able to create
the same type of thing without recording it off site. Lauren Noto-Bell, DO, associate professor, OMM, has always been so supportive in participating in the
show. We are so grateful that even though she could not perform live this year, she
submitted recordings for the show. She has a beautiful voice!”
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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