BCM student-run charity ball benefits community

July 1, 2011

The annual charity ball hosted by medical students at Baylor College of Medicine raised more than $15,000 for charity this year.

The proceeds were divided into $4,000 each for three separate charities: the Ben Taub BOOKS program, the HOMES Clinic and the Baylor Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation.

The BOOKS (Ben Taub Our Community Our Kids) program combats the increasing illiteracy problem among children in the Houston area. Every child who comes into the Ben Taub clinic or emergency room receives a new book and is given a "prescription" to read it.

The HOMES clinic provides medical outreach to the Houston community's homeless population and is run by medical students.

The Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation sends BCM faculty, residents and students to Intibuca, Honduras, to help provide and improve health care.

The event was attended by members of the BCM and Houston communities and it was organized by medical students Stuart Michnick, Sara Markley and Kathleen McPhaul.

"Without the support of the Houston community, the event would not have been a success," said Michnick.