Morehouse School of Medicine Raises More Than $3 Million at 12th Annual Hugh M. Gloster Society Celebration

Signature Fundraising Event Officially Launches $500 Million Extension of MSM's Comprehensive Capital Campaign to Support Education, Capital, and Innovation.

ATLANTA – APRIL 28, 2022 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) secured more than $3 million to further its vision of leading the creation and advancement of health equity at the 12th Annual Hugh M. Gloster Society Celebration on Thursday, April 21, 2022. During a ceremony for both in-person and virtual guests, some of MSM's most significant partners were recognized for their contributions to the institution and its past, present, and future endeavors.

"Morehouse School of Medicine is deeply committed to creating a future where all people have health equity. For us, that means giving people what they need, when they need it, in the amount that they need in order to reach their optimal level of health," said Morehouse School of Medicine President and CEO Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG. "MSM facilitates this through who we educate and train, the discoveries we pursue, who we partner with, how we deliver care, and how we engage the communities we serve. The generous support of our benefactors allows us to not only envision health equity but to take concrete actions toward making it a reality."

"The 12th Annual Gloster Society Celebration was an incredible success. This was our first in-person event in two years, and we took advantage of the opportunity to honor the benevolence of Morehouse School of Medicine's many champions and supporters," said Harvey Green, Senior Vice President for the Office of Institutional Advancement. "We raised the most sponsorships and unrestricted funds of any Gloster Society Celebration in our history, invigorating our fundraising efforts and MSM's dedication to our mission."

The evening's largest donation came from Morehouse School of Medicine Founding Dean and President Emeritus Louis W. Sullivan, MD, and his wife E. Ginger Sullivan, to establish an endowed professorship that MSM will name in their honor. Dr. Sullivan served as MSM President from 1981-1989 and as the 17th US Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989-1993. He returned to lead MSM once more from 1993-2002 and has also been chair of the US President's Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and co-chair of the President's Commission on HIV and AIDS.

Among the Gloster Society Celebration's top sponsors were The Home Depot, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Chick-fil-A, and Southern Company Gas. In addition, the UPS Foundation expanded its support for the UPS Scholars program, which awards scholarships to MSM students who commit to serving patients through primary care specialties.

The celebration also included the official announcement of Morehouse School of Medicine’s $500 million expansion of its comprehensive campaign IMPACT: the World Needs What We Do Best. This second phase has three distinct focuses – Education, Capital, and Innovation. Funding these targeted areas will help close the gaps in health disparities and magnify our capacity for social impact.

Named in honor of the late Dr. Hugh M. Gloster, one of MSM's esteemed founders and a president of Morehouse College, the Gloster Society was established in 2007 to help grow the institution's philanthropic efforts. Since 2015, the Gloster Society Celebration has raised nearly $9.2 million, including $1.32 million in 2018 and $2.17 million in 2019.

Among the awards presented at the event was the Louis C. Brown Vanguard Award, named for the late Atlanta internist who was among MSM's founders, which was won by Ted Decker and The Home Depot. The Vanguard Award recognizes a recipient's pioneering spirit, extraordinary vision, exceptional leadership, and uncommon efforts that contribute to the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals and underserved communities.

As the leader in global health equity, Morehouse School of Medicine established the Health Equity IMPACT Awards this year to recognize organizations and individuals for their support of scholarships, partnerships, innovations, and/or community service. The inaugural Health Equity IMPACT Awards were presented to prestigious organizations including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Goldman Sachs, CommonSpirit Health, Novartis and the Novartis US Foundation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Color Health.

In a surprise announcement at the celebration, Dr. Zach Hall was honored with a Health Equity IMPACT Award. Dr. Hall served on the Morehouse School of Medicine Board of Trustees from 2009-2012 and helped establish the Drs. Peter and Marlene MacLeish Endowed Lectureship, which draws Nobel Laureates and other distinguished speakers to the MSM campus.

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Morehouse School of Medicine's mission is more critical now than it ever has been before. MSM is focused on increasing diversity in the health professional and scientific workforce and addressing primary health care through programs in education, research, and service, with an emphasis on people of color and underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia, the nation, and the world.

First established as a two-year medical program at Morehouse College in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine has been an independent institution since 1981. In addition to its world-renowned Doctor of Medicine program, MSM offers a wide range of health sciences doctorate and master's degrees in public healthbiomedical sciences, and physician assistant studies. Many programs are available online or in a hybrid format for distance learners.

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About Morehouse School of Medicine

Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation's number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission—the creation and advancement of health equity. Morehouse School of Medicine's faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master's degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit or call 404-752-1500.


Amanda Magdalenski
Morehouse School of Medicine