Geisinger Commonwealth to host ninth annual Black Ties for White Coats gala

Friday, August 4, 2017

Co-chairs for the Oct. 21st event are Roxanne Schulman and Norman Schulman, M.D., and Ariane Conaboy, D.O., and Attorney Kevin Conaboy

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) will host its ninth annual Black Ties for White Coats gala on Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Keystone Grand Ballroom of the Mohegan Sun Pocono Convention Center, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre.

Each year, Geisinger Commonwealth honors prominent members of the community who embody important aspects of the school of medicine’s founding principles: community, wellbeing and innovation. This year’s community honoree is Susan Sordoni, M.D., and Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). Dr. Sordoni founded the Wilkes-Barre VIM clinic nine years ago. Since 2008, the free clinic has treated 15,000 uninsured patients thanks to the volunteer work of nine doctors and 13 dentists.

The 2017 wellbeing honoree is Louis DeNaples Jr., M.D. who, along with his colleagues at Emergency Services PC, has improved emergency medical care in the region by introducing strict quality measures, along with new proprietary software that tracks patients throughout an ER visit, enhancing their safety.

The 2017 innovation awardee is Robert W. Naismith, Ph.D. Dr. Naismith founded a series of successful financial, healthcare and digital companies throughout the years and played a key role in founding Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in 2008.

Geisinger Commonwealth’s annual gala raises money exclusively for student scholarships. The black-tie preferred event includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, which begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing to live music by “Into the Spin.”

Reserved seating is $175 per person.  Sponsorships and program advertisements are available.

To become a sponsor, purchase a program ad or to reserve a seat or table, please call 570-504-9065 or visit

Planning has begun for Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (Geisinger Commonwealth) ninth annual gala, Black Ties for White Coats, that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. Gathering to plan the black-tie preferred event are, first row from left: Anthony Cernera, Geisinger Commonwealth; Nicole Ferentino, DC, auction co-chair; Ariane Conaboy, gala co-chair; Roxanne Schulman, gala co-chair; Joanie Hine, auction co-chair; and Ann Noon, Geisinger Commonwealth. Second row, from left: Kathy Mihok, Mihok and Associates; Linda Vaji, Geisinger Health Foundation; Ronda Beemer, Quandel Construction Group; Sharon Byrne, Peoples Security Bank; Terese Casey; Andrea Mulrine, Geisinger Commonwealth; and Tammy Jackson, NBT Bank. Last row, from left: Jane Kanyock, Geisinger Commonwealth; Kay Young, Geisinger Health Foundation; Marise Garofalo, Geisinger Commonwealth; and Kara Badyrka, Geisinger Commonwealth.

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Elizabeth Zygmunt
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Office: 570-504-9687
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