Marking Our Milestone
Fun was had, funds were raised and memories were made at the Foster School of Medicine’s 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Event
Kicking Things Off
As our university began its celebration of a special milestone, city, state and government officials helped kick things off beginning in 2019. During the regular El Paso City Council meeting on Aug. 20, Mayor Dee Margo proclaimed 2019 as the TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s 10th Anniversary Year. In January 2020, State Rep. César Blanco presented a resolution to Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president of TTUHSC El Paso, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Foster School of Medicine. Additionally, on Feb. 11, 2020, U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar recognized the the medical school’s 10-year anniversary with an official statement in the Congressional Record. All events came before the official celebration, “A Red Tie Affair For A White Coat Occasion.”
Lighting Up the City
In the month leading up to the 10-year celebration event, a special tribute was made in lights in Downtown El Paso. The Wells Fargo Building was lit with red Double T's, and One San Jacinto Plaza, formerly known as Chase Tower, was lit in red.
A Night of Giving
A text-to-give platform and competition was introduced as the main fundraising component for the night. The winning table, guests hosted at the Hunt Family Foundation, were rewarded with a mini photo shoot with Raider Red, the Masked Rider and other local mascots. With close to $75,000 in donations made via text-to-give, “A Red Tie Affair For A White Coat Occasion” was the most successful event the giving platform has ever produced.
Fundraising in Style
The MD-to-Be Pop-Up Shop was conceptualized and constructed by the 10-Year Celebration Committee, which included Robin Furman, Tita Hunt and Claudia Chiu. The shop – complete with a balloon arch and a glowing sign from Bright Nights Custom Neon – promoted the evening’s text-to-give fundraising campaign with a fun, retail-type setting in the event’s lounge area.
A Mission Built on Generosity
With support from the community, TTUHSC El Paso is able to continue fulfilling its mission of improving lives in the Borderland and beyond. A special thanks to our major scholarship sponsors, including WestStar Bank, GECU, Peter Piper Pizza, the Chiu Family Foundation, Dean and Debbi Hester, and Transtelco, along with all of our generous donors who are transforming the future of health care.
Scholarships for the Next Generation of Physicians
Over a 10-month period, the Foster School of Medicine’s 10-year anniversary celebration raised more than $775,000 to support medical students. Raising funds to support deserving students was the primary goal of the event, and our donors helped to secure 26 scholarships, including 13 Single Scholarships, seven Double Scholarships, two Triple Scholarships and four Decade Scholarships.
Joined by the Red Raider Family
Emily Brodbeck, Texas Tech University's Masked Rider mascot for the 2019-2020 academic year, was a special guest for the night. She and her horse, Fearless Champion, welcomed guests on the red carpet and provided picture-perfect photo ops. TTU’s costumed mascot, Raider Red, also made an appearance on the red carpet to delight guests and show school spirit.
TTUHSC El Paso Threads
In partnership with TTUHSC El Paso, locally owned Proper Printshop debuted their new collection of TTUHSC El Paso-branded apparel and accessories. A portion of proceeds from each purchase went toward scholarship funds for TTUHSC El Paso students. As a result of the night’s successful collaboration, TTUHSC El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso polos, hoodies and hats are now available on Proper Printshop’s online store. The shop is the only vendor in El Paso that sells our university’s branded swag, and portions of sales continue to support student scholarships. TTUHSC El Paso items can be purchased at The Proper Print Shop online store.
Creative Kids, a nonprofit, educational, community-based art agency in El Paso, invited five middle school students to create a live painting during the event. Every year, Creative Kids opens its doors to disadvantaged youth, children battling cancer and children with disabilities through various programs that combine healing with the arts. The painting created at the event will be housed in TTUHSC El Paso’s new Medical Sciences Building II.
Best Selfies Forward
The 10-year celebration event was filled with fun photo ops, fit to be posted on social media. To promote the institution’s Instagram account, @TTUHSCEP, the Office of Institutional Advancement hosted a selfie contest during the event. The winner of the evening was Abhishek Dharan, a member of the Foster School of Medicine’s class of 2022.
Celebrating, El Paso-Style
With music pumping, drinks flowing and guests dancing, the event’s lounge provided the perfect space for a night of fun. J&K Presents and their mixologists from Later, Later and Lost & Found conceptualized cocktails with alcohol provided by L&F Distributors. Cocktails included the School of Margaritas, The Resident, Red Raider with a Twist and Wreck ‘Em Water. Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by the lively music of Samba Alma de Fogo, a local samba-style percussion group, and the El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble.
A Big TTUHSC El Paso “Thank You”
Our 10-year celebration event would not have been a success without the support of our community partners. Their in-kind donations provided a one-of-a-kind experience while allowing all money raised to go directly toward students. A special thanks to Table Occasions, EPIC Railyard Event Center, L&F Distributors, J&K Presents and Clear Channel Outdoor for their event donations, and to Crave Catering, Anson11, L&J Cafe, Savage Goods, Rulis’ International Kitchen, Ámbar and La Perla at The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Salt + Honey Bakery Café and Frontera Churros for their catering donations.