Leonel Garcia Jr.
First, I would like to thank Dr. Sam for sponsoring Stephanie and I to attend the Western University of Health Sciences: A Tribute to Caring. This program was possibly the classiest event that I have ever attended. Upon entering the event, I was greeted with an amazing live performance by the “Musicians in Medicine” and the sight of all the guests mingling in professional attire. The mystery theme for this year was Steampunk and the people hosting the event were dressed in top hats, goggles and neat gear looking attire. After the reception, we were let into a spectacular ballroom where all the tables had steampunk themed centerpieces and a very fascinating pocket watch gift for each of us. We sat at Dean Robinson’s, table and had a delectable four course meal with entertainment from Josh Vetti and DJ DaCapo. The honoree of the event was Inter-Valley Health Plan and was represented by Ronald H. Bolding, I would like to thank them and the sponsors for donating to WesternU. This event meant a lot to me as not only did I have fun meeting new people and talking about my experiences at WesternU, but I felt proud representing WesternU College of Pharmacy.
I am very honored to be invited as Dr. Sam’s sponsored student along with Leo Garcia to attend this year’s A Tribute to Caring gala. This is my first very gala as a pharmacy student! This year’s theme was “steampunk.” We were greeted by university faculties who dressed up with 19th-cenntury styled fashions. Leo and I got the chance to get to know Dr. James Scott from WesternU PharmD program. Dr. Scott pointed out the board of trustees and the president of the university. I also got the opportunity to speak with Dean Robison as we were sitting at the same table. Also at the same table were other PharmD students, preceptors and Dr. Lambros. I enjoyed the MC of the night, Mr. Russ Marchand. He had a very humorous style of speaking. The videos from both WesternU and Inter-Valley Health Plan were remarkable. I felt very humbled to be in a room full of health care professional and students who share a similar passion and compassion in patient care. The foundation of WesternU of humanism, caring and science was well illustrated tonight. As an incoming PharmD student, it was an incredibly inspiring event that opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of my career in pharmacy. I wish to thank all the attendees for contributing to the “ A Tribute to Caring” gala for making this event possible. I have so much more to learn in my journey to becoming a pharmacist and I can’t wait to get started!