News Release

February 28, 2011

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

2nd Annual White Coat Gala April 16

UConn Health Center Benefit to Celebrate Generations of Caring

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The University of Connecticut Health Center and University of Connecticut Foundation will host the second annual White Coat Gala this spring to celebrate generations of caring. The event also coincides with yearlong celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UConn Health Center.

Longtime UConn Health Center supporters Richard and Jane Lublin are title sponsors for this year’s gala.

The gala will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The event, which premiered last year, raises funds to support faculty and researchers in areas across the entire UConn Health Center. Proceeds from this year’s gala will support the clinical and research missions of the Health Center.

The three honorees of the evening each represent this year’s theme of generations of caring, as demonstrated by their many years of dedication.

  • Ravindra Nanda, a renowned leader in orthodontics, joined the Health Center in 1972 and has risen to several leadership roles. He is the UConn Orthodontic Alumni/Ravi Nanda Chair in Orthodontics and head of the Division of Orthodontics and the Department of Craniofacial Sciences.
  • Dr. Marja Hurley is an internationally prominent molecular biologist and endocrinologist with 25 years of service at the UConn Health Center. She directs the Health Center’s Health Career Opportunities Programs, which promote diversity and helps address disparities in both health and health care in Connecticut and beyond, and is currently serving as the medical school’s interim senior associate dean for education.
  • Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun, who came to UConn 25 years ago, has worked tirelessly to support the cardiology and cancer programs. The Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk has raised more than $720,000 for the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Mohegan Sun/Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament and Charity All-Star Game has raised more than $2 million for the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center.

“Who better to exemplify the theme of ‘generations of caring’ than our three honorees, whose longevity of service to the UConn Health Center has spanned generations, says Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, vice president for health affairs and medical school dean. “This is especially appropriate as we celebrate our fiftieth anniversary.”

For information sponsorships opportunities or tickets, please contact Dina Plapler, vice president for development, at 860-679-8077 or

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