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UA golf tourney supports medical school scholarships

Lowering your golf score is a good thing – so are scholarships to help lower debt for medical school students.

DPR Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc, Joint Venture will be the presenting sponsor for the fourth annual University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11, at Legacy Golf Club, 6808 S. 32nd St., in Phoenix. The tournament supports student scholarships for the downtown Phoenix medical school.

“We want the composition of our student body to reflect the wonderful diversity of our community and state,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. “However, for some, the cost of medical school is prohibitive in their ability to attend our school. Scholarships are critical to lowering the costs for students.  We know students with scholarships are not only more apt to attend our school, but this also allows them to follow their career dreams less encumbered by debt, especially critical for those wishing to enter primary care disciplines. DPR and Sundt have supported the tournament since year one, and it is wonderful to have their commitment to this critical endeavor.”

The college was created to help address the critical shortage of physicians in Arizona. Prior to 2007, Phoenix was the largest city in the nation without a medical school granting MD degrees.

“The University of Arizona College of Medicine is well revered nationwide, and the decision in the early 2000s to expand the campus to Phoenix and graduate a greater number of physicians each year has proven not only to assist healthcare in Arizona, it has increased medical research and treatment, too,” said Dave Elrod, LEED AP, Regional Manager of DPR Construction.  “The scholarships are a must, and we are honored to play a role in building great healthcare, and great physicians.”

“Arizona’s chronic shortage of healthcare professionals has been well documented,” said Marty Hedlund, Southwest District Manager of Sundt. “We are glad to do our part — whether it’s constructing new, state-of-the-art medical training facilities or supporting this golf tournament to raise scholarships — to help produce the next generation of physicians for our home state.”

Scholarships are critical to train some of the best and brightest future physicians, to whom the ability to pay for medical school can be an overwhelming challenge. The cost of a medical degree has more than tripled in the past decade. The American Association of Medical Colleges has reported the national median debt of students who graduated in 2014 from public medical school was $170,000.

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Sundt Foundation Eclipses $1M In Donations For MDA

The Sundt Foundation and Sundt Construction, Inc. employees surpassed the $1M mark in funds raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the Annual Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament hosted at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix.

The golf tournament, which is the second of six MDA charity events scheduled in 2012, collected $48,562 – putting the total funds collected and donated through Mike Gaines Charity Fundraising Events at $1,003,522 since the inaugural tournament was held 11 years ago.

The balance of the more than $1M in funds raised for ALS research through the Mike Gaines Fundraising Events has been contributed by Sundt employees and tournament participants, and most of the monies were given directly to MDA.

Approximately $270,000 in donations has been made through the Sundt Foundation.

Former longtime Sundt Construction, Inc. employee Mike Gaines launched the golf tournament in 2001, shortly after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gaines passed away in 2002. His legacy lives on through the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events, which are held every year in Phoenix, Tucson, Sacramento, San Diego and San Antonio. Funds raised through these events benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association in support of its research to find a cure for ALS. Over the years, the Sundt Foundation has hosted more than 30 of these events nationwide.

“Mike Gaines was an incredible colleague and friend. It has been our privilege to honor Mike’s memory by raising money to help find a cure for ALS by playing the sports he loved during his life,” said Aly Gartin, long-term Sundt employee-owner and administrator for Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events. “We are grateful to all of our employees and supporters who have participated in these events over the years, all of whom have made it possible for us to surpass $1 million in funds raised for MDA to help eradicate this disease.”

The Sundt Foundation, which is funded primarily by Sundt employees and company matching, helps organize and raise awareness for Mike Gaines Charity Fundraising Events held throughout Arizona, California and Texas.