The Art of Medicine Gala is produced by The Art of Medicine Foundation and is designed to “educate and inspire” awareness about the impact that: trauma, concussions and other neurological disorders can have on those they affect. Proceeds from the Art of Medicine Gala will benefit the University of Florida TRAuma, Concussion, and Sports Neurology Program (UF TRACS) supporting care and research for patients with Traumatic Brain Injury.
6pm - 7pm - VIPs and Sponsors enjoy a pre-show of the artwork, a private tour of the Orlando Museum of Art and have an opportunity to mingle with the artists and dignitaries.
7pm - 10pm - The Main Event - The event is a brain-injury friendly environment featuring: creative food stations, innovative guest speakers and an art show and auction. The art has been created and donated by doctors, health care professionals and brain injury survivors from around the country.
*Black tie optional – Complimentary valet parking.
The inaugural Art of Medicine Gala took place on October 17, 2015 at the Orlando Museum of Art. Over $180,000 was raised and the proceeds benefitted the Brain Injury Association of Florida, University of Florida Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration and the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute.
First GREEN Bank's Founder, Ken LaRoe, was inspired by his wife, Cindy, to create The Art of Medicine Gala. In 2011, she sustained a brain injury in a competitive biking accident. The injury prevented Cindy temporarily from being able to move her legs or read, caused her to have seizures and cost her career in medicine, but it also led her down a path of discovering her artistic talents. She hopes her talent can raise awareness and money for others with brain injuries.
It was just all of the sudden waking up and just being this new person. And I don't want that to ever happen to anybody again. —Dr. Cindy LaRoe
The Art of Medicine Foundation invites healthcare professionals and brain injury survivors from across the county to submit their visual artworks for consideration in the Art of Medicine Gala. The event takes place October 20, 2017, at the Orlando Museum of Art.
The gala is in honor of Dr. Cindy LaRoe, survivor of a traumatic brain injury that left her unable to continue practicing internal medicine. Dr. LaRoe found painting therapeutic during her recovery, and, six years after her injury she continues to paint. Her recovery and artworks inspired her husband, Ken LaRoe, the founder of Orlando-based First GREEN Bank, to create the Art of Medicine Foundation and Gala.
The AoM board will select from healthcare professionals and brain injury survivors’ submissions, a collection of art to showcase and auction off during the gala. Proceeds from the event will benefit the University of Florida Trauma, Concussion, and Sports Neurology Program (UF TRACS).
Selected pieces will be considered a donation on behalf of the artist, and will be auctioned off for charity at the 2017 Art of Medicine Gala. Each artist's name, practice and artwork title will be displayed next to their work at the event. Drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, pottery and sculpture are all acceptable art forms.
Artists selected to have their artwork included in the gala will receive two complimentary tickets to the event, which includes fine organic cuisine, wine and beer, and entertainment.
The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2017. Click on the Artist Submission button in this section.
The Art of Medicine Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor.
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