Published On: Thu, Jul 7th, 2016

Kaye Communications Sponsors Sixth Annual “White Coats-4-Care” Reception To Benefit Fau’s Schmidt College Of Medicine

Event Co-Hosted By Waterstone Resort & Marina Is The Kick-off Event
For The Month-Long 2016 Annual Boca Chamber Festival Days Initiative


Kaye Communications, Inc. and its principals Bonnie and Jon Kaye invite the community to the sixth annual “White Coats-4-Care” awareness and fund raising reception to benefit Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine on Monday, August 1st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterstone Resort & Marina’s penthouse-level Atlantic Ballroom located at 999 East Camino Real in Boca Raton. Conceived to “dress and equip” the college’s incoming class each year for success, the event is presented to heighten awareness of the first and only medical school in Palm Beach County, to embrace Florida’s future physicians with a warm community welcome and raise vital funds to equip these students with the tools they need to begin their medical education and launch their careers. WC4C proceeds fund medical school scholarships.


Reception admission is invitation-only for those who pledge or donate a minimum per-person gift of $125 to underwrite and dedicate a white coat for a new medical student or a choice of other contribution opportunities, including:

  • $125 White Coat (one guest)
  • $300 White Coat Ceremony Sponsorship (two guests)
  • $500 Medical Student Scholarship Award In Memory of Founding Dean Michael L. Friedland (two guests)
  • $750 Family/Corporate Medical Student Scholarship Award (three guests)
  • $1,000 Named Seat in the Medical Education Auditorium (a personalized donor recognition or tribute plate
    will be placed on back of each seat-four guests)
  • $5,000 “Named” Medical Student Scholarship Fund (six guests)
    *based on need

“This year we are introducing a new dimension to the program that demonstrates how our future physicians learn,” noted Kaye Communications Founder & Chief Strategist Bonnie Kaye who along with partner and husband Jon Kaye created and presented the WC4C reception for six consecutive years raising more than $150,000 for white coats and medical student scholarships. Attendees will be front-and-center as second-year medical students respond to a life-threatening patient emergency in simulated experience.


“Being an annual sell-out event during the summer months, speaks volumes as community leaders in business, healthcare, education and government recognize and converge to celebrate one of Boca Raton’s most treasured health and wellness assets and support its new incoming class of medical students,” added Jon Kaye. Sponsors include Excell Auto Group, Dalismer Atlas, Boca Magazine and Boca Tribune.


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Students Nicholas Heft, Andrew Do, Bengt Grua,  Amelia Wong Learning at Simulation Center Mannequin

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Students Nicholas Heft, Andrew Do, Bengt Grua, Amelia Wong Learning on Simulation Center Mannequin

FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine officially welcomes its sixth incoming class of 64 students the following Friday, August 5, 2016 at its coveted White Coat Ceremony. During the ceremony, each medical student will receive a white coat that represents integrity, compassion and trust and symbolizes their shared commitment to serve patients and honor an oath they will collectively develop before the ceremony that will serve as its own code of conduct throughout medical school and as physicians. A ‘welcome to the community’ note from each WC4C donor will be inserted into a student’s coat pocket.


The incoming class has a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and an average MCAT score of 32, which is above the national average. Most of the major colleges in Florida are represented including students from FAU. Other students in the class attended undergraduate institutions such as Boston University, Yale University, George Washington University, University of California-Davis, Brigham Young University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State University, and others.


White Coats-4-Care is part of Boca Chamber Festival Days (a series of fun-filled events held at different locations during the month of August) coordinated by the Boca Chamber. For 26 years, the summer event series pairs for-profit chamber members, such as Kaye Communications, with nonprofit member, such as the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, to help raise awareness and vital funds for area nonprofits.


Pairing Kaye Communications, an award-winning, Seriously Strategic℠ full-service integrated public relations and marketing firm based in South Florida that empowers regional and national brands to grow and dominate with FAU’s medical school continues to be a natural fit.  Firm Chief Operating Officer Jon Kaye served for three years as a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and KCOM President Bonnie Kaye serves on the board of the FAU Foundation and is a past six-year board member of the Boca Chamber.


Founded in 1996, this award-winning Seriously Strategic integrated ‘marketing’ public relations firm has delivered 20 years of successful innovative, game-changing communications initiatives that empower regional and national brands to grow and dominate. Practice areas include C-Suite level strategic “think tank” communications planning, brand development for revisioning, reinventions and launches; broad-based and niche market business-generating communications; business-to-business initiatives, community engagement and alliance-building; media relations; social media initiatives; and crisis communications. The firm is headquartered at The Avalon executive building, 2201 NW Corporate Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL. For more information and updates, visit, follow on Twitter, or like on Facebook, email, or call (561) 392-5166.


For more information about “White Coats-4-Care”, pledge your gift to attend the event, or make a contribution, contact Joanna Duran at the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, at or 561.297.2097. Online registration is also available at







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