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WINTER2015COMMUNIQU7WINTER2015COMMUNIQUQ7400peopleandraised129000ortheoundation.In2014anastounding420000wasgarneredandmorethan800peopleattendedllingthevenueatTheHenryinDearborn.Inthepast10yearsalonetheMOCFBallhasraisedmorethan2.5milliontosupportMSUCOM.ATTHECOREOFTHISSUCCESSarethethreeco-chairsallowhomworkintheDeansOceColleenKnifenmanagementanalysthandlesund-raisingandnanceKimberlyBettsexecutivestafassistantisresponsibleorentertainmentandthevenueandAnnCookgraphicdesignerinExternalProgramsdoestheartanddesign.THERESULTSAREAWE-INSPIRING.HundredsoamiliaracesromD.O.retireestoosteopathicstudentsareabitdiculttorecognizeastheyslipoutowhitecoatsanddonstunningormalwear.Enteringtheballroomismagicalmusictwinklinglightsbreathtakingdecorationsandspectacularlyarrangedtablesacethestagewherearockinbandtemptspeopletothedanceoor.Balldonationsadssponsorshipsraestheyalladduptoaneveningounandachievement.Notingat-capacityhousesthelastthreeyearsKnifensaidWedontevenhavetosendoutinvitationsanymore.Peoplebeginreservingtheirspotsinsummer.IthasbecomethesocialeventotheyearortheproessioninMichigan.WHEREDOTHEPROCEEDSGOTheMOCFBoardoTrusteeswhichnowincludes18MOAmembersandtheassociationspresidentandexecutivedirectortheMSUCOMAlumniAssociationpresidentandtheAdvocatesortheMOApresidentmeettwiceayear.InJunetheyapproveabudgetstartingwithaspendingplansubmittedbythedeanortheinterestaccount.InOctoberthemeetingisinormationalincludinganupdateontheplansortheBall.NEARLY340000ininterestwasdispersedlastyear.AprimaryobjectiveisprovidingscholarshipstohelpMSUCOMstudentsderaythehighcostomedicaleducationallowingthemtoocusontheirstudiesinsteadotheirnancesandoferingthemmorereedomultimatelyintheirspecialtychoices.Thescholarshipsrangerom7000annuallyorouryearsto25000annuallyorMSUCOMsD.O.-Ph.D.studentstoaullrideo36000annually.TheBallhasbecomeayear-roundprojectoritsco-chairsbutITSWORTHTHEWORK.KnowingthatourefortspayoforstudentsoryearstocomeandthattheseproceedswillcontinuetogenerateinterestortheutureothecollegemakeitallworthwhileKnifensaid.HavingaballMSUCOMstudentsalumnifacultyandfriendsattendedthe2014MOCFBallwhichnettedmorethan400000inproceeds.bit.lyEmpowerMSUCOMMAKEAGIFT