Fundraiser — Adopt A Doctor

to have and have not (12.20) To have “To Have and Have Not” or not . . . make up your mind and bid high. Head over to the fifth annual ‘Adopt a Doctor’ art auction Thursday after work.

This year’s auction to benefit 18 physicians in four African countries boasts an expansive collection of contributed items. The auction will feature works of art donated by local artists Anthony Tomaselli, Gretchen Dow Simpson, and Mara Trachtenberg; a rare first edition of Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not; a signed copy of Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel’s The Time of the Uprooted; autographed photos of Roger Federer and Matthew McConaghey; a signed copy of Tony Bennett in the Studio: A Life of Art and Music; and many more works of art, as well as gift certificates, memorabilia, and even hot-air-balloon rides for two and four.

Come early to hear authentic Malian djembe drumming. Actor, director, and educator Rob Dimmick will serve as auctioneer. Admission is free to all and light refreshments will be served. More about ‘Adopt a Doctor’ after the jump.

5pm, Thursday, December 20, Metro Café, 101 Dyer Street (directions)

Adopt A Doctor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in Providence in 2003 with the hope of addressing the high turnover rate and alarming scarcity of medical doctors in Africa.  Many African countries cannot retain and attract enough experienced physicians to meet the healthcare needs of their citizens. Low salaries and other obstacles compel well-trained and well-meaning physicians to seek jobs elsewhere while thousands of African children die every day from preventable infectious diseases.  Doctors who join Adopt A Doctor’s program agree to practice medicine in their countries for at least seven years in return for salary supplementation; many have surpassed that time.  Adopt A Doctor currently provides assistance to 18 medical doctors in four countries: Liberia, Malawi, Mali, and Sierra Leone.

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