ALL FOR HAITI: From left, Mayo, Jackson, May, Winkfield, McKenzie and Osbourne
MORE THAN A MONTH has passed since Haiti was devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. While worldwide relief efforts to assist the island nation continue, members of the MGH community are doing their own part to support relief efforts.
Recently, the Organization of Minority Residents and Fellows (OMRF), a subcommittee of the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO), planned a major fundraising project. The OMRF executive board – including Audley Osbourne, MD, of MGH Urology; Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, of Radiation Oncology; Fola May, MD, MPhil, of Internal Medicine; and Andrea Jackson, MD, of Obstetrics and Gynecology – hosted an evening gala, with support from MGH Human Resources and MAO, to benefit the MGH Haitian Relief Fund.
Held at the Liberty Hotel, the gala sold out with more than 450 guests and raised more than $35,000 for the MGH Haitian Relief Fund. Since its creation in January, the fund has raised more than $140,000 to support MGH and Haitian community relief efforts. It also is being used to fund an employee grant program, which already has helped many of the more than 200 MGH employees directly affected by the earthquake.
"The Haitian Relief Gala participation and donations far exceeded our expectations," says Osbourne. "People are stopping me in hallways with praise for our fundraiser. They were thrilled to receive a powerful message on the importance of thinking locally and acting globally."
Osbourne says attendees were thrilled to meet the evening's special guests – including Tyrone McKenzie and Jerod Mayo, both linebackers for the New England Patriots – and enjoyed the night's musical entertainment. Proceeds from the silent auction, which featured a private plane trip to Nantucket, Celtics tickets and autographed sports memorabilia, raised additional funds for both the MGH Haitian Relief Fund and Partners in Health.
As a highlight of the evening, MGH and BWH clinicians who had traveled to Haiti to provide medical care shared their experiences. MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, also offered remarks, thanking the OMRF executive board and the MGH community for supporting the relief efforts.
For more information or to make a donation by credit card to the MGH Haitian Relief Fund, access . Cash and check donations are accepted at the Development Office, located at 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600. For information about other MGH Haiti relief efforts, visit www.massgeneral.org/haiti.