Lubbock City Lights 2019 committee of first-year medical students.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine first-year students hosted the 22nd Annual Lubbock City Lights Charity Gala and raised more than $40,000 for local charities. Since medical students began the tradition in 1997, more than $1 million has been raised to support numerous local charities and organizations throughout West Texas.
Lubbock City Lights is run by first year medical students each year. This year's event was led by Ellen Wilson and Patrick Bettiol as executive co-chairs. Lubbock City Lights consists of more than 12 first-year medical students who balance putting together this major event amidst busy school schedules.
Lubbock City Lights executive chairs with Steven L. Berk, MD, Dean of TTUHSC School of Medicine.
“Supporting deserving charities that provide services for Lubbock and contributing to our community is a privilege,” said Lexi Neighbors, first-year medical student and Lubbock City Lights public relations co-chair.
Lubbock City Lights features dinner, live and silent auctions, casino tables and live performances. This year's event also included a live watch party of the Texas Tech University men's basketball team playing in the final four.
All proceeds for the event supported local charities in the community. This year’s charities included:
- The Free Clinic, a TTUHSC School of Medicine student-run initiative that offers medical services, health education and social resource counseling to the uninsured community of Lubbock every Wednesday.
- Voice of Hope provides victims of sexual abuse, sexual assault and/or sex trafficking in Lubbock County and the surrounding communities with free, confidential crisis assistance, advocacy and support and promotes public awareness of the realities of sexual victimization and strives towards its elimination through outreach, activism and community education.
- The Children's Advocacy Center of the South Plains serves children between the ages of 2 to 17 as well as developmentally delayed adults who have been victims of abuse/trauma. Their mission is to bring together community resources to speed the healing of child victims of abuse and trauma.
- Lubbock Meals on Wheels is a private, non-profit organization committed to helping people remain home, well fed, and independent. Meals on Wheels provides a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of seniors.
For more information about the Lubbock City Lights organization, please visit http://lubbockcitylights.org