KUMCIO annual benefit auction slated Feb. 22

February 15, 2013

KUMC International Outreach Annual Auction to Benefit Medical Mission to Guatemala

The University of Kansas School of Medicine’s International Outreach student organization (KUMCIO) will host its annual KUMCIO Benefit Auction on Friday, February 22, 2013, at 5 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will be held in Battenfeld Auditorium in the Student Center building on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus at the intersection of Olathe and Rainbow Boulevard. The silent auction runs from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., with a live auction starting at 7:00 p.m. KUMCIO is requesting a $5 minimum donation for admission, which includes food, beverages, and a live performance by KUMC’s “Doctor’s Notes” choir.

Items up for auction include a Bill Self-autographed basketball, a Bill Snyder-autographed football, a pool table, a winery tour and tasting at Peju Winery in Napa Valley, Calif., and various Kansas City-area events tickets.

Proceeds from the event’s silent and live auctions, as well as donations collected at the door, will benefit the organization’s upcoming medical mission trips. KUMCIO will use all proceeds to procure medication and supplies for two week-long medical mission trips to Guatemala this March.

Since 2003, students, physicians and pharmacists affiliated with KUMCIO have traveled to Belize and Guatemala to provide medical care to patients in impoverished areas. Last year, KUMCIO served more than 350 patients through these trips. This spring, two groups will return to Patanatic to make home visits, provide patient care in Patanatic’s Community Education and Health Center, and extend services to nearby villages through the use of the clinic’s new mobile medical unit.

For more information about KUMCIO, the organization’s past and upcoming medical mission trips, and the annual Benefit Auction, please visit www.kumcio.org or search for KUMCIO on Facebook or Twitter. Questions and requests for information also can be directed to Christine Cook at (913) 485-8872 or kumcio@kumc.edu. KUMCIO is a registered 501(c)(3) organization through KU Endowment Association, and all donations are tax-deductible.

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