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Board member runs first half-marathon to raise money for EVMS

Michael Davis
Michael Davis

Michael Davis is the first person to admit he's not a runner. But when the opportunity to raise money for EVMS presented itself, Mr. Davis laced up his running shoes at the 2015 Humana Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon.

"Raising money for a great cause was the only way to get me into a half-marathon," he says.

A Hampton Roads native, Mr. Davis has served as a member of the EVMS Philanthropic Advisory Board since its formation in 2013. The board is made up of 18 members who serve as EVMS ambassadors in the region. He says it's a rewarding way to support his community.

Mr. Davis is an estimator for Cohen Homes, builders of single-family custom homes. With the support of his wife, he began training with fellow Team EVMS members months before the Labor Day weekend race. Team coaches Jim and Krista White of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios led group "fun runs" at the oceanfront starting 12 weeks before the race.

"We began with two- to three-mile runs and worked our way up to 13 miles," he recalls. The Whites also developed customized training and nutritional plans for team members and helped them set personal race goals. Mr. Davis exceeded one of his personal goals — crossing the finish line with more than $2,000 in donations for the EVMS Fund.

Michael Davis and his family
First-time half-marathoner Michael Davis, shown here at the event with his wife and children, has been a member of the EVMS Philanthropic Advisory Board for more than two years.

Employees give from the heart to support EVMS

EVMS Employee Giving Campaign logo

The totals are in. This year's Employee Giving Campaign, "The Heart of EVMS," raised more than $91,949 from 389 donors, a significant increase over last year's total and number of participants, as well as the largest amount ever raised from EVMS employees.

The campaign's record-breaking success wouldn't have been possible without co-chairs Julie Kerry, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology, and Debbie Taylor, Chief Information Officer, along with all the team captains and employees who made a gift to this important annual campaign.

"We are overwhelmingly grateful to everyone who donated," says Denise Milisitz, Director of Annual Giving, "and to those who worked hard on this fundraising effort."

Julie Kerry, PhD
Julie Kerry, PhD, Campaign Co-chair
Debbie Taylor
Debbie Taylor, Campaign Co-chair

A report to our philanthropists

Thank you. By choosing EVMS as the recipient of your philanthropy, you've teamed up with us to safeguard the health of your loved ones, friends and neighbors.

Your gift is vitally important. It fosters the growth of our clinical practices and allows our researchers to focus on improving diagnostic techniques and treatments. You've also enabled us to fund more scholarships so that students can choose specialties based on their passions rather than their debt.

We are pleased to report on the growth of our endowment. Please know that we are dedicated to returning greater value on every gift received.

We are grateful for your trust, and we promise to be a good steward of your generosity.

EVMS Foundation
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