4th Annual Miller-Lawrence Medical & Dental Society Scholarship Banquet
– Jason Lewis for Sentinel
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Staff Writer
The Miller-Lawrence Medical & Dental Society hosted an elegant affair at The Grand in Long Beach for their 4th Annual Scholarship and Recognition Dinner-Dance.
Prestigious members of the African-American community were on hand, and congratulations were sent from California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Assistant Speaker pro Tempore of the 52nd Assembly District Isadore Hall, 51st District Assembly member Steve Bradford, Senator Roderick D. Wright, and Supervisor of the Second District Mark Ridley-Thomas.
The keynote speakers for the event were Hon. Jerome Horton, Vice-Chairman of the State of California Board of Equalization and Sylvia Drew Ivie, Chief of Staff to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
The attendees were entertained by up and coming singer Abraham “A.B.” McDonald, who Patti La Belle praised by saying “The boy is Bad!!!” and Jill Scott said “Abe sounds like Heaven”. Abe certainly did put on a show that will truly be remembered.
The night was about awarding scholarships to deserving students in the medial and dental fields.
“Tonight we celebrate our ability to continue to raise funds to grant scholarships to worthy students now and to two worthy organizations in the past: the Student National Medical Association and the Student National Dental Association,” said Oliver T. Brooks, M.D., President of the Miller-Lawrence Medical & Dental Society. “To date we have raised $30,000, and counting. There is always strength in the numbers that follow a dollar sign and generally the higher the number the better!”
There students who were honored were Shanika A. Boyce, Charles Drew University/David Geffen school of Medicine at UCLA; Ngozi A. Chukwu, Charles Drew University/David Geffen school of Medicine at UCLA; Nathan D. Ford, Charles Drew University/David Geffen school of Medicine at UCLA; Venice Gamble, St. Francis Career College; Grace Nantale, UCLA School of Dentistry; Nneka T. Orjiakor, Charles Drew University/David Geffen school of Medicine at UCLA; Jean-Pierre Rwigema, USC School of Dentistry; Chris J. Snell, Charles Drew University/David Geffen school of Medicine at UCLA; Latoyia T. Wilson, Charles Drew University/David Geffen school of Medicine at UCLA; and Alvin R. Wyatt, Charles Drew Universy/David Geffen school of Medicine at UCLA.
The 2009 Trailblazer Award was presented to Kathleen Heloise Jones-King, M.D., and the 2009 President’s Award was presented to the St. Francis Medical Center.
The Miller-Lawrence Medical & Dental Society is a group of health care providers in Compton, South Los Angeles and the South Bay. Their membership is comprised of physicians and dentists in primary care specialties, as well as all other medical and surgical sub-specialties, and providers in academic medicine, military medicine, medical administration and allied health.
Their members serve a disproportionately high number of underserved patients who are African American and other minorities, and they practice primarily in urban areas.