By Elaine Evans
Development and Alumni Engagement

Faculty and staff at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) just set a new record for their sixth annual Internal Giving Campaign, “Starting from the Inside Out.” Under the leadership of campaign co-chairs, Dr. Lawrence Burgess, Director of Telehealth Research, and Dr. Henry Lew, Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 323 faculty members and staff (19% more than last year) made gifts totaling $264,089, an increase of 50% over 2012.

Dr. Lew gives a cookie and a smile.

Dr. Lew gives a cookie and a smile.

Dean Jerris Hedges and our Faculty Co-Chairs Dr. Larry Burgess and Dr. Henry Lew thanked everyone on Friday, October 11, with warm, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, a tradition in the Internal Giving Campaign.

So how did the giving break out?

Pledges and gifts were made to 77 different UH Foundation accounts which benefit JABSOM. The four funds with the most number of individual donors each earned a $1,000 matching gift. Winning funds were:
• Medical School Development Fund
• Biostatistics Core Enhancement Fund
• Geriatric Medicine Education& Research Fund
• Native Hawaiian Health Enhancement Fund

A skilled surgeon, Dr. Burgess' hands move too fast for the camera!

A skilled surgeon, Dr. Burgess’ hands move too fast for the camera!

Internal Giving Campaign Co-chair Larry Burgess initiated a new challenge gift this year for departments which achieve 100% participation. Three departments met the challenge and earned an additional $1,000 each.

• Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
• Department of Geriatric Medicine
• Department of Native Hawaiian Health

100% of Executive Committee members demonstrated their support of JABSOM by participating in this year’s campaign.

In thanking this year’s donors, Dr. Burgess and Dr. Lew noted, “As co-chairs of this year’s campaign, we appreciate the willingness of our faculty and staff to invest in the future of JABSOM. By choosing to invest in ourselves, we send a powerful message to our community partners about our belief in our mission and our ability to fulfill it.”

  See more pictures of the Cookie Wrap-Up event at COOKIE DAY.

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