The weather was a balmy 80 degrees at Town & Gown of USC on the evening of March 8 — a lovely setting to celebrate and raise funds for medical scholarship at USC at the Keck Scholarship Gala.

More than 250 people attended the event, co-produced by the Salerni Collegium Alumni Association, and by Medical Faculty, Friends & Family, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. This was the first year that the gala was held at Town & Gown, rather than its previous location at the Jonathan Club.

Special guest Andrew Ordon, MD (’79), best known as a co-host of the Emmy award-winning syndicated talk show The Doctors, served as the event’s emcee. A cocktail reception was held in Town & Gown’s courtyard and foyer, while guests strolled among silent auction tables.

During the event, 20 Keck School students were awarded with their medical scholarships and featured in a celebratory video. Musical group Walk Like a Man inspired dancing with classic music from the 1960s.

The gala had the largest number of individual sponsorships of any previous gala, and raised nearly $325,000 — almost quadrupling previous raised amounts. Funds will help support medical scholarships.

Along with the Keck Medical Center of USC, the USC Institute of Urology and the USC Office of Diversity, several Keck School departments sponsored the event, including:

• Anesthesiology

• Emergency Medicine

• Family Medicine

• Medicine

• Neurology

• Obstetrics and Gynecology

• Orthopaedics

• Otolaryngology

• Radiology

• Surgery

Funds raised will help to support medical scholarships for Keck School students.

— By Amy E. Hamaker