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Friends of the Medical College of Wisconsin

The Friends of the Medical College of Wisconsin is an organization of volunteers from the College, affiliated institutions and the community. The Friends' activities support the charitable, educational, scientific and community service activities of the Medical College and its affiliates.

See what support and services the Friends of the Medical College of Wisconsin provide. (PDF)

Since its inception, the Friends have contributed more than $1,135,000 in monetary gifts and equipment to the Medical College and its affiliates.


Happenings - The Friends Newsletter

Click for Current Friends Newsletter PDF
Winter 2014 (PDF)

Previous Issues:

Fall 2013 (PDF)


An Invitation to Join Friends

We invite you to join our organization. Whether you are seeking an outlet for your special interests and talents or simply wish to support our mission, we welcome your participation.

For additional information, call (414) 955-4715 (Friends' voice mail), or (414) 955-8171 (Friends' Cafe). By email, contact us at

Membership Categories

About the Friends

Executive Committee Friends Board 2013-2014

Susan Barnes

Past President
Pat Ruttum

Vice President
Collette Evans

Angela Gord

Recording Secretary
Betsy Gallagher

Corresponding Secretary
Liz Thometz

Member at Large
Vera Wilson

General Board Members
Jan Kerschner, Rong Li, Renee Hill

Honorary Member
Jan Lennon


Angela Gord

Collette Evans

Endowment Fund
Marge McDonough

Friends Cafe
Vera Wilson

Kathy Sheehan

Web Site
Renee Hill

MCW Projects Liaison
Pat Ruttum

Membership Drive
Jan Lennon

Membership Tracking
Collette Evans

Michelle Battle

Renee Hill

Social Program
Dorina Weigelt


Last year, the Friends contributed more than 10,000 hours of service to the Medical College and its affiliates. Here is a list of some of opportunities to become involved:

  • Board of Directors
  • Committee Chair or member
  • Volunteer in the Friends' Cafe

Fundraising Activities

Dedicated fundraising efforts make it possible to support our service to the Medical College. Profits from the Friends' Cafe is the main source of income to support our endeavors. The Cafe is managed and staffed by volunteers.

  • Friend's Cafe Sales Promotions - Vera Wilson
  • Lunch Bags for New Students - Pat Ruttum, George & PatHeadrick, Michelle Wallace
  • Holiday Bake Sale - Jane Kerschner
  • Nut/Candy Sales - Angie Gord
  • Brownie Extravaganza - Dorina Weigelt, Coby Weigelt, Joanne Benes, Susan Barnes, Kathy Sheehan
  • Other fundraising events

Support Activities

The magnitude and diversity of Friends' support reflects the varied interests and talents of our organization's membership. In 2012-13, the Friends of the Medical College provided the following support:

  1. Awarded two Scholarships for Academic Excellence totaling 23,000.

  2. Provided $8,000 in Student Travel Awards enabling College representation at national meetings.

  3. Supported Summer Research Fellowships with $8,000.

  4. Presented a $1,000 Outstanding Dissertation Award and a $500 Second Place Award.

  5. Sponsored Service Awards of $1,000 to graduating students.

  6. Supported the Student Representative Travel Fund with $2,000.

  7. Sponsored Graduate School Student Poster Day.
  8. Co-sponsored the Student Lunch Bag Giveaway.
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