An Evening of Celebration & Giving was emceed by Patty Jackson from WDAS. We had an amazing performance by Carol Riddick, “A Better Me.” Followed by patient stories performed by Aikan Performance Arts, highlighting a few of the impactful stories of actual patients the BDC has served.
One of the first supporters of BDC was Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of Independence Blue Cross Foundation and VP of Community Affairs. The first Director of Operations, Dr. Natalie Gonzalez, Chief Resident of Pediatrics at Einstein Medical Center as well as the current Director of Operations Gibran Gadson provided their experience and impact BDC has had on them. The Black Doctors Consortium understands the importance of investing in our future. We endeavor to support and recognize our future leader, specifically young people desiring to go into the field of medicine.
We were also graced with a beautiful ballet performance from Noa Abrams, student at the Conservatory for Arts and Music under the direction of Bonnie Bing.
We awarded the Black Doctors Consortium Change Maker Award to Dionna Ellis Harper, a senior at Muriel Dobbins Vocational High School who wants to pursue a career pediatric medicine and to David Losier a 2017 graduate of Kutztown university with a Bachelor of Science Chemistry and Math and 2nd year Medical Student at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Lastly, we did congratulate the founder and visionary of the Black Doctors Consortium, Dr. Ala Stanford.
– Stephanie Weston | ASHE