Two alumni doctors to speak at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine annual gala February 16

 Over the last three years, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine has been hosting the Helping Hands Gala to assist with fundraising events that carry out their mission of providing medical care to local areas and across the globe.

The black-tie event is hosted by LUCOM’s Office of Clinical Collaboration and Education. Head Coordinator Sydney Coffey leads a committee that comes up with the decor ideas, the meals being served and the keynote speakers who present their stories and experiences at the event. 

This year, the event will be Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Montview Student Union Alumni ballroom. 

In contrast to previous years, the keynote speakers are two alumni doctors of LUCOM. Alex and Shannon Hamilton, D.O., will be sharing their experiences from their international rotation in the Togolese Republic of West Africa. While there, they both got to use their medical skills in an international hospital called Karolyn Kempton Hospital. 

Throughout their presentation, they will be highlighting parts of their experience, along with sharing stories from fellow classmates on their international rotation. 

“This night is spent emphasizing everything the Lord has done in this office and what he has done with all the outreach events,” Coffey said. 

The focus and theme for the gala is “Light of the World.” This will be seen in how they highlight work that has been done through medical outreach this past year and their ongoing desire to continue the same work throughout the nations and local areas. 

“We have had different speakers who have not been connected to Liberty, so this year I think it will be impactful to have recent graduates who have tangible evidence of what the Lord has done and highlight the drive that we strive to instill in our students,” Coffey said.

Apart from the two keynote speakers, three awards will be given out to individuals and organizations that the OCCE would like to recognize for making an impact through medical missions nationally and internationally. 

Proceeds made from the event will go directly into the OCCE’s operational and outreach budget, which will be used to sponsor trips around the world and events held in the local areas.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting LUCOM’s website at and clicking on “medical outreach” under the “resources” tab.

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