SOURCE: Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

November 14, 2011 19:24 ET

WesternU Gala Honors AmerisourceBergen, Raises Money for Student Scholarships

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2011) - The evening's entertainment featured sleight of hand in the Magic Kingdom, but the end result was no illusion.

Western University of Health Sciences set new records in tickets sold and money raised at its annual gala, "A Tribute to Caring," on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

The gala raised more than $170,000 for student scholarships and honored longtime College of Pharmacy supporter AmerisourceBergen Corporation with the 2011 A Tribute to Caring Corporate Humanitarian Award. Several magicians performed for the more than 600 guests as they mingled prior to the evening's dinner and program.

WesternU Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, thanked donors for supporting the university's mission.

"When you study the science of healing, you must remember it has to intersect with compassion and caring. You think about the patient," he said. "Your presence here tonight will have a direct impact on our work and our mission of fostering caring and compassion in health care."

A Tribute to Caring is a special opportunity for WesternU to recognize enduring contributions to the education of tomorrow's health professionals, said WesternU Senior Vice President Thomas G. Fox, PhD.

"Although past Tributes have sometimes honored more than one organization, tonight that is not the case," he said. "All of us at the university agreed that the commitment and spirit of partnership demonstrated over the years by this evening's honoree warrant their standing alone on our stage as the evening's sole award recipient."

In presenting the award to AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation President David Neu, Dr. Pumerantz told him, "It is an honor to present this award to you. You are a company that has a conscience. You care for people, you make a lot of scholarships available, and the work you do uplifts the community."

AmerisourceBergen has an upcoming year-end meeting in Dallas, where they will talk about various recognitions and contributions made across the country, Neu said, and he will be proud to share this accomplishment.

"I just can't tell you how proud I am to share with all of our associates this great story, not just about the money that was contributed and the time and the effort, but that we're very humbled by the fact that you let us into your circle," he said. "For that I really thank you very much."

AmerisourceBergen sponsors the annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy/Institute for Community Pharmacy Scholarship Golf Classic, which has raised more than $1 million for student scholarships at WesternU and USC. The golf tournament will celebrate its 10th year in 2012. AmerisourceBergen is also establishing a $25,000 endowed scholarship at WesternU.

AmerisourceBergen provided funding for WesternU's Patient Care Center Pharmacy, which is part of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Network.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy is a network of more than 3,700 independently owned and operated community pharmacies across the United States and Puerto Rico. Good Neighbor Pharmacy is part of a program offered by AmerisourceBergen, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies serving the United States, Canada and selected global markets.

Mike Quick, National Vice President, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Development, has served on the WesternU Board of Trustees since 2004. When he first visited the campus, he saw how special the WesternU family was, Quick said.

"I'm honored not only to be on the Board of Trustees but to work with these special people in health care," he said.

AmerisourceBergen has been a great partner, said College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson, PharmD.

"We're very grateful for the long-lasting relationship, and students have benefitted tremendously," he said. "The scholarships that our students receive help those that want to focus on independent community pharmacy. AmerisourceBergen has been very focused on helping us achieve success for that group of pharmacists."

About Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences (, located in Pomona, Calif., is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in biomedical sciences, dental medicine, health sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine.

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