School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Golden Gala will celebrate donors, Trailblazer and Ambassador Award winners

Robert Lisak, M.D.

Robert Lisak, M.D.

Ananda Prasad, M.D., Ph.D.

Ananda Prasad, M.D., Ph.D.

Sanford Cohen, M.D.

Sanford Cohen, M.D.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine will celebrate donors who helped fund student organizations and scholarships, and recognize leaders and contributors in the medical field during its annual Golden Gala.

Set for Sept. 29, the theme of the gala is “A Salute to Detroit: When Old Meets New.” The gala, which will take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, includes a reception, raffle, plated dinner, live music and afterglow.

In addition the School of Medicine will present its Trailblazer, Ambassador and Distinguished Service awards.
The Trailblazer Award recognizes alumni and faculty who have forged paths through previously unexplored territory to become pioneers in their field of medicine and medical research. This year’s winner is Robert Lisak, M.D., F.A.A.N., F.R.C.P., professor and former chair of the WSU Department of Neurology.

The Ambassador Award honors people and corporations who epitomize the spirit of the School of Medicine. They represent world-class vision, leadership and progress demonstrated through outstanding service, commitment to the school’s teaching and research missions, and dedication to the city and the community. This year, Ananda Prasad , M.D., Ph.D., M.A.C.P., distinguished professor of WSU Internal Medicine, will receive the award.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to physicians, basic researchers, non-medically related individuals or alumni who have made major contributions to humanitarian causes or through community participation. The 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner is Sanford Cohen, M.D., professor emeritus and former Chair of WSU Pediatrics.

The gala will feature Huel Perkins, FOX2-TV news anchor, as master of ceremonies for the evening. A reception and raffle begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m., and an afterglow at 9:30 p.m. The event is black tie only.

A single ticket is $225. Two or more tickets cost $200 each. Complimentary valet parking will be available at the Marriott Hotel Motor Port, located on Renaissance Drive West. Paid parking will be available at the Beaubien Place Garage (accessible from Beaubien Street or St. Antoine).

A block of rooms are reserved at the Detroit Marriott for the event at a cost of $139 per night. To book a room, call 800-352-0831.

For additional information or to donate to the raffle, contact Cheryl Mudd at cmudd@med.wayne.edu or 313-577-3114. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Lori Herman at lherma@med.wayne.edu or 313-577-1474.
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