On Wednesday, January 8, the Robert Berger Pediatrics Society at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) held its 13th annual campus-wide talent show to benefit Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley. Since 2007, the event has raised over $60,000 to make the wishes of children with critical illnesses come true.
“Smiles are found on the faces of both performers and attendees,” said Megan Hartwell (DO ’22) president of the Robert Berger Pediatrics Society. “This event really showcases the spirit of community here at PCOM and we are proud to raise money for such an amazing cause. This is truly an event that everyone on campus looks forward to each year.”
This year’s list of acts included a comedy performance titled “PCOMedy” given by Jacob Ratowski (DO ’23) and musical acts ranging from a classical performance of Bach’s “Cello Suite 1 in G Minor” by Eric Cyphers (DO ’23) to a duet with Lauren Noto-Bell, DO ’06, assistant professor, OMM and Evan Nichols, DO ’81, associate professor, OMM.
Part talent show, part auction, students and faculty showcased their unique talents and attendees “bid” on each talent, to raise money for Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley. Money was also raised through ticket sales and raffles. In total, this year’s event raised $4,920 to benefit Make-A-Wish.
“We are so grateful to the PCOM community for their continued support of Make-A-Wish,” said Dennis Heron, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley. “With the support of events like this we are able to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses in our community.”