The 7th Annual Physicians’ Talent Showcase benefitting the Neighborhood Health Clinic and the Steinway Piano Society Scholarship Fund was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the Sugden Community Theatre.
15 local physicians, the band “Throat Culture” and special guest Priscila Navarro (17-year old sophomore piano champion) sang, danced, played instruments and performed magic in front of a sold out audience. Also performing was Dr. Newell Falkinburg and Archie, his ventriloquist dummy.
Dr. William Lascheid, co-founder of the Neighborhood Health Clinic, was among the talented physicians this year, performing with Dr. Jan Forszpaniak, Dr. Joseph Lang, and Dr. Richard Linden on their ukuleles. Dr. Lascheid is self-taught on the ukulele, learning to play while serving as Battalion Surgeonin the U. S. Marine Corp MASH unit in Korea.
“The Physicians Talent Showcase has been a huge success with tremendous financial support for the Clinic’s mission and an opportunity for physicians to share their musical talents. For me personally I’ve truly enjoyed performing and the comradery of my fellow musical physicians. The Billings have created a wonderful event and gift to the community and the Clinic, our heartfelt thanks,” said Dr. Lascheid.
Dr. Millard Brooks had the crowd wondering “how did he do that” with his magician’s act. Also performing was Dr. David Harris on the piano and Hammond Organ; Dr. Hope Heisler played the piano and danced; Dr. Corey Howard performed on his saxophone; Dr. Myles Samotin played the piano; and Drs. Catherine David and David Wilkinson gave vocal performances. Drs. Mark Russo and Brian Timm emceed the evening’s events.
Nurse-On-Call and NCH Healthcare System were this year’s principal sponsors of the showcase. Additional sponsors included DanceLife of SWFL, Comcast, Family Foot & Leg Center, P.A., Florida Gulf Coast University, Girard Photography, Moorings Park, Morgan Keegan, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Naples Day Surgery, LLC, Naples Illustrated, Norris Home Furnishings, Quality of Life Publishing Co., The Quarry, Radiology Regional Center, Tree of Life Church, U.D.S.I., Walgreens, and WGCU Public Media. In addition, Hors d’oeuvers were provided by the Real Macaw Restaurant, Bamboo Café and M Waterfront Grille.
The 2011 Physician’s Talent Showcase was sold out an entire week prior to performances. Do not miss your opportunity to attend the 2012 show. You can pre-order tickets by calling Meghan Brachel at the Steinway Piano Society at 239.498.9884.
The Physicians’ Talent Showcase raised over $45k for the Neighborhood Health Clinic and the Steinway Piano Society Scholarship Fund. To date the events have provided $155k directly to the Neighborhood Health Clinic.
“Sara and Greg’s belief in the Clinic’s mission lead them to create of a concept to support this medical home for those in need. Their story is similar to how Bill and I started the Clinic. Two people who shared concerns and wanted to find a way to help by using their professional skills,” says Nancy Lascheid.
The Neighborhood Health Clinic would like to thank Greg and Sara Billings for their hard work and dedication to this event and their continued support of the Neighborhood Health Clinic.