The 2022 Gentle Doctor Benefit, which raises funds for College of Veterinary Medicine scholarships, was a success. The live and silent auctions raised a combined total of just more than $84,000 that will go toward an endowment that funds scholarships for veterinary students. The interest from the endowment fund provides significant scholarships for two first-year students and $100 scholarships to every member of the incoming class.
The theme for the 35th Gentle Doctor Benefit was “A Million Dreams,” to celebrate the scholarship endowment surpassing $1 million. The two scholarship recipients from the CVM Class of 2025, Kaelyn Johnson and Kaylin Hall, were introduced as well as previous recipients who were in attendance.
Due to COVID-19, this was the first year since 2019 that the Gentle Doctor Benefit was held in person, and there were a considerable number of attendees. There were 350 in-person attendees for this year’s event, with another 30 participating in silent auction bidding online.
Janice Seagraves, event manager at the CVM, was pleased with how the event turned out. “We were thrilled to see everyone’s excitement at having the Gentle Doctor Benefit in person again,” she said. “Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and came ready to be generous in supporting our students. Setting a record in giving, we could not have dreamed of a better outcome and are so grateful for all who donated and bid both in-person and online.”
By Nick Childress