News at Medicine - April 2014 - All for a good cause

All for a good cause
April 4, 2014
The money’s been counted and over $98,000 has been distributed to four local charities from the proceeds of Monte Carlo 2013, an event organized annually by medical students in their first two years of study.
The 37th annual Monte Carlo Gala was held on Nov. 16, 2013 at the St. John’s Convention Centre. Cheques of $31,765.41 were given out Jan. 31, 2014 in a ceremony at the Faculty of Medicine. 
The lucky recipients this year were Brighter Futures, Camp Delight and the Community Food Sharing Association. A fourth cheque of $3,100 went to Team Broken Earth from the proceeds of the pie throwing contest.
Dean James Rourke, who attended November’s gala, said the Venetian Masquerade theme was colourful and entertaining.
"Today we see the tangible results of that special evening," he said. "Raising such a large amount of money is phenomenal, especially when you consider that the pre-clerkship medical students who organized this have a very heavy workload,"
Monte Carlo began in 1977 to raise money for medical student Conor Maguire, who sustained a spinal cord injury in a diving accident that left him quadriplegic. The medical class of 1980 rallied around their classmate and organized a fundraiser to purchase a vehicle wheelchair lift so he could continue his medical education. Today Dr. Maguire is back at Memorial as an associate professor of radiology (nuclear medicine and radiology). 
"Since that first Monte Carlo fundraiser in 1977, the event has evolved into a major annual charity fundraiser that involves the community at large and raises funds for several deserving local charities," said Dr. Rourke.
Different charities are selected each year, and the funds are raised through donations, casino-style games, live and silent auctions, and much more. "It has become a formal gala event with spectacular music and entertainment throughout the night," said Dr. Rourke. "True to the spirit of its conception, Monte Carlo is the result of the passion, care, and dedication of Memorial University’s medical students. It is an opportunity for all involved to contribute and further make a difference in the province." 
The co-ordinators of the 2013 Monte Carlo Gala were Amy Burton and Stephanie Power-MacDonald; most pre-clerks (first and second-year medical students) were involved in one capacity or another in helping to make the event a success. 
Each year, Monte Carlo’s Charity Selection Committee receives many high-calibre applications from deserving charities across the province who wish to receive a portion of the proceeds from the Monte Carlo Charity Gala. Applications are due in early June, at which time the charities are selected based on criteria set out by the committee. For further information about Monte Carlo, visit

Representatives from four local charities, Brighter Futures, Camp Delight, the Community Food Sharing Association and Team Broken Earth received the proceeds from Monte Carlo Gala 2013.