UT’s Got Talent show to raise funds for scholarship in honor of UTMC surgical resident

March 7, 2017 | Events, UToday, Medicine and Life Sciences
By Madison Vasko

Singing, piano and guitar performances, a Bollywood-style dance, a standup comedy act, and a baton twirling exhibition are just some of the 22 acts attendees at this year’s annual UT’s Got Talent show can expect to see.

The show, which is hosted by the Medical Student Council, features acts by UT medical students. This year, however, there also will be a performance by a faculty member.

“Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi will be performing two songs off his album titled ‘Where Sunset Meets the Beach.’ Dr. Brunicardi is the new chair of the Department of Surgery at The University of Toledo College of Medicine, and we are very excited to have him performing,” said Matthew Metzinger, secretary for the Medical Student Council.

“Dr. Maurice Manning has been hosting the event for several years and does an incredible job. Dr. Manning is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology and has been at the University since 1969. He does his research on all of the performers in the talent show and gives terrific introductions to each and every act,” Metzinger said.

In addition to showcasing the talent of medical students and faculty, the show also donates proceeds from ticket sales and basket raffles to a different charity each year. Baskets are provided by restaurants and vendors from the Toledo area. This year, the Medical Student Council has chosen to support a scholarship fund in memory of a UTMC surgical resident.

“We decided to donate the funds to the Dr. Cyrus Chan MD Legacy Scholarship as a way to honor his memory and support a great cause that will benefit UT medical students and residents for years to come,” Metzinger said. “Dr. Chan was a surgical resident at UTMC who passed away at the age of 39 after a courageous battle with cancer last April. His friends and colleagues started the scholarship fund as a way to honor his memory, and it is truly an honor for us to be able to host this event and support such a worthwhile cause.”

The show will be held Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater in University Hall. Tickets are $5 and will be sold in the Health Education Building Lobby this week and at the door.

Metzinger encouraged those who are interested in UT’s Got Talent to check out the Facebook event.

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