Charity Gala to Benefit Brain Tumor Research

Date(s) - 26 Jan 2013
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Virgina G. Piper Auditorium, U of A BioMedical Campus

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Students Hold

Seventh Charity Gala to Benefit Brain Tumor Research


 Students from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix will hold its seventh annual charity gala on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The night of dinner, dancing and silent auction will be held at 7 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium on the College of Medicine – Phoenix campus, 600 E. Van Buren St., in downtown Phoenix.

Tickets are $75 per person or $50 for College of Medicine – Phoenix students, staff, faculty and administration. A table of eight can be purchased for $550.

The ball benefits Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research (SSBTR), which was founded in 2002 when research pointed out that, other than leukemia, this particular disease was the No. 1 cancer killer of teenagers. SSBTR is an organization predominantly run by students and dedicated to fighting brain tumors by providing money for research grants.

In 2011, SSBTR distributed more than $220,000 to the National Brain Tumor Society, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Barrow Neurological Institute, TGen, and the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center. Since 2002, the organization has raised more than $1.75 million.

More than a dozen second- and third-year medical students from the College of Medicine – Phoenix are organizing the charity gala and invited Ratan Bhardwaj, MD, PhD, from the Department of Neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital as this year’s keynote speaker.

“Students are canvasing local businesses, asking for in-kind donations for the silent auction,” said event organizer and second-year student Sarah Sims. “It’s hard work organizing everything on top of a full medical school schedule, but we anticipate a very fun and successful seventh annual charity gala.”

Gala organizers continue to look for silent auction item donations – anything from gift certificates to signed sports memorabilia. The Phoenix community is encouraged to donate items; all donations are tax-deductible.

Last year’s event drew more than 150 attendees and raised a record $18,500 to benefit brain tumor research. Click here to view photos from the 2012 fundraiser.




For more information, contact Sarah Sims at or (480) 580-5759.


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