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Annual Fundraising Dinner
and Silent Auction


A night of laughs at the 2019 Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction

More than 400 physicians and other guests from across the state attended the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s 2019 Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The evening featured a large silent auction, a fun photo booth, the presentation of student and physician awards and entertainment from a comedy improv group.

Awards presented during the event by emcee Quan “Coki” Ta, MD and Foundation President Claudia Reardon, MD, included the following:

  • Superhero of Medicine Award: Ritu Bhatnagar, MD, UnityPoint Health Meriter-NewStart in Madison. Established in 2014, the Superhero of Medicine Award is presented annually to a physician from among those nominated for having superpower-like attributes and using them to go above and beyond the call of their profession. Click here to read more.
  • Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award: Gurdesh Singh Bedi, MD, St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. This award is presented each year to a young physician who demonstrates commitment to patients, the medical profession and the community. Click here to read more.
  • Champion of Veterans’ Health Award: Matthew Crowe, MD, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Sponsored by WPS Health Solutions, this award recognizes a physician who goes above and beyond to serve military veterans outside of the clinic. Click here to read more.
  • Presidential Scholar Award: Sierra Tackett, Medical College of Wisconsin. Funded by current and past leaders of the Wisconsin Medical Society and Foundation, the award is presented annually to a student entering his or her final year of medical school who has exemplified the attributes, skills and desire to become a leader in the medical profession in Wisconsin. Click here to read more.

The evening also included recognition of Donald Gore, MD, who, with his late wife Jackie, established the Robert “Jason” Gore Scholarship in honor of his grandson, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. Several of Dr. Gore’s family members attend and he was joined on stage by five students, residents or young physicians who have been honored with the scholarship in recent years.

Thank you to all who attended or participated in making the event a great success!

To view photos from the event, visit our Facebook page.

Mark your calendar to join us at next year’s event, tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 17. Watch for more details.

For information on sponsoring next year’s event, email Eileen Wilson or call her at 608.442.3722.

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