Nearly three-hundred eager patrons flocked to the banquet hall of CJ Callaway’s in Sioux Falls. Led there by the enticing aroma of cuisine from the top restaurants across the city, these guests, who care about good food and raising money for a good cause, were eager to cast their vote at the annual Feast of the Great Chefs.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), which according to their website, “is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.”
Aside from the fabulous food, three representatives from the Globe University-Sioux Falls medical assistant program attended the event to receive the award for Corporate Friend of the Foundation. This award is given in recognition of our dedication and invaluable service to the National Kidney Foundation.
Accepting the award on behalf of Globe University was Amy Zobel, program chair of our medical assistant program. By her side were medical assistant adjunct instructor, Erica Arends, and Globe University-Sioux Falls medical assistant graduate, Sydney Siemonsma, who actively participated in the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) screenings during her matriculation at Globe.
Globe University-Sioux Falls has been involved in the Sioux Falls chapter of the Kidney Foundation for over two years. The partnership began through the efforts of our former campus director, Melanie Schopp, who was a member of the NKF board. Schopp commented that the best part of the relationship is “that it gets our students out in the community and using their medical skills and helps them develop their professional skills as well.”
Since its inception, Globe University-Sioux Falls medical assistant students and faculty regularly volunteer at the NFK’s April KEEP event, which provides kidney screenings free of charge to the Sioux Falls public, high risk or not. Additionally, each June, staff, faculty and students at Globe-Sioux Falls team up and raise money for the annual Kidney Walk. From the many efforts of dedicated Globe students, staff, and faculty, our campus has raised over $2,000 for the foundation.
Medical Assistant Program Chair Amy Zobel reflects on the significance of joining forces with the NKF: “It’s great to have a partnership that benefits the community, educating them on the importance of their health and teaches our students the value and importance of service learning.” And her favorite part about the event, “the food was amazing!”
In spite of the award, Schopp sums up the greatest honor of working with the NKF: “the Foundation credits Globe students and our relationship with helping them achieve their goals in South Dakota.”