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From Bollywood to Blues, USF Health performers entertain for a good cause

USF College of Public Health graduate student Cienna Wesley belts out a winning song.

USF Health students, faculty and staff came out in force Friday evening, Jan. 10, to support performers in the third annual BANDaids for BRIDGE talent show.  Proceeds and donations from the event benefit the BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic, USF Health’s free student-run clinic serving those living in the University area.

The evening’s 24 acts featured music, dance, singing, dramatic arts and comedy.

The winners were:

–          First place: “I’m Here” (song from The Color Purple) by Cienna Wesley, a College of Public Health master’s student

–          Second place:  Violin Concerto in E Minor (Mendelssohn) by the USF Health Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Frazier Stevenson with concertmaster Thejal Srikumar, a first-year medical student

–          Third place:  “Passion and Fire” (violin and flute performance) by Samson Lu & Jose Valentino Ruiz, USF medical students


Jose Valentino Ruiz, a PhD student in music education (left), and medical student Samson Lu performed a flute and violin piece.

Emcees for the evening were Donna Petersen, ScD, interim senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the USF College of Public Health; Joel Momberg, USF senior vice president for advancement and CEO of the USF Foundation;  and Madeline Snyder, third-year medical student.

Serving as judges were Carol and Frank Morsani, supporters of USF Health and the Tampa Bay community; Cynthia Stevens Gries, director of Entertainment Revue; Steven Oscher, CPA, managing director of Oscher Consulting and a former president of the USF National Alumni Association; Steven Spence, DJ, musician and electronic music producer; Dr. Frazier Stevenson, associate dean for undergraduate medical education at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.


The USF Health Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Frazier Stevenson, took a second-place trophy in the talent competition.


Emceeing the event were, left to right: Joel Momberg of the USF Foundation, Dr. Donna Petersen, interim senior vice president of USF Health; and medical student Madeline Snyder.


Posing for a red-carpet photo…


Juhi Gupta performs a Bollywood dance.


The panel of judges weighs in.


A standing ovation for the performers and audience



USF third-year medical student Madeline Snyder poses for a photograph taken by a Tampa Bay Times photographer.  Read about Snyder’s work with fellow students to promote BANDaids for BRIDGE: Talent show combines USF medical student’s passions

Photos by Eric Younghans, USF Health Communications

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