Pies in the eyes: professors help raise money for “Sunny Buddies”

PIES WERE FLYING at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, capping a fundraiser for the “Sunny Buddies” program to help the developmentally disabled.

Dr. Damon Sakai, Director of Medical Student Education, “won” the contest, by having the most donations collected in a jar bearing his name. (That meant most students wanted to see him get “pied”, as they put it.)

Ever the sport, Dr. Sakai even wore a properly licensed UH Warrior poncho as the pies began to fly. Dean Jerris Hedges tossed the first whipped cream confection!

Runners-up Associate Dean Richard Kasuya and Dr. Jill Omori also agreed to get messy to satisfy the crowd. It was a good thing, too, since people were willing to purchase a pie on the spot, just to “cream” all three professors.

Sunny Buddies, founded by a John A. Burns School of Medicine student in 1998, helps build relationships between young people with developmental disablities and screened volunteers.

Sunny Buddies partners with the Easter Seals Hawai’i to help build those relationships. To donate, or learn more, please contact first-year medical student Andrew Bussey at abussey@hawaii.edu

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