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Albany Med “Swing Docs” To Host Benefit Dance To Aid Tsunami Victims
   January 11, 2005


 ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2005 ¾ Capital Region residents looking for a way to contribute to the relief efforts for the victims of the tsunami will have yet another option in early February.


On Friday, Feb. 4, the Albany Medical College Swing Docs will present an evening of big band music and entertainment at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany.  The event will run from 8-11 p.m.  Admission is $25 per person and all proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross to use in their relief efforts for the victims of the recent tsunami and earthquake.


One of the band’s founding members, Stanley D. Glick, Ph.D., M.D., a research scientist and professor at the Medical College and the director of its Center for Neuropharmacology & Neuroscience, said the idea for the benefit came to him while he was jogging on New Year’s Eve. “Although my wife and I had donated some money to the cause, I felt like I just needed to do something more proactive.  At a rehearsal on Jan. 2, I asked the band if they would do it – and they all said yes.”


Several faculty members formed the Swing Docs at Albany Medical College seven years ago.  Founders, in addition to Dr. Glick, included Dr. Stewart Sell, who was then a professor of pathology, and Dr. Richard Uhl, the chief of orthopedics.  All three are still members of the band. Currently there are 20 band members including a number of physicians, a medical student, a graduate student, an x-ray technician and a physician’s assistant.


“When I approached the staff at the Desmond  about this project they quickly agreed to donate the ballroom and the refreshments. Albany Medical Center also agreed to help us promote the event.  Everyone we have asked for support has been very generous and we hope that our efforts will raise a substantial amount of money to contribute to this humanitarian relief effort,” Dr. Glick said.


The dance is part of an overall effort by Albany Medical Center staff and students to raise funds for the relief effort.  In addition to the dance, tables will be set up in the hospital cafeteria and in the lobby of the College 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from Friday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 21 at which time volunteers from the Medical Center will accept financial donations.  Anyone making a $25 donation to the American Red Cross will be registered to attend the dance. Additional corporate sponsors are also welcome.


For more information or to make a reservation, call 518-262-5617 or 518-262-5207

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