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Sponsorships, tickets available for Standing Out in Our Field

The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will host the region’s most unique outdoor dining experience, Standing Out in Our Field, Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Barboursville Soccer Complex.

The annual medical student scholarship fundraiser draws hundreds for a picturesque, fun-filled evening under the stars. Presented by Dean’s Circle sponsor Marshall Health Network, this year’s event features a “Boots and Bling” theme. Festivities kick off with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by an evening of dinner & dancing from 7 to 11 p.m., accompanied by the vibrant tunes of the band, Santa Cruz.

“Standing Out in Our Field has become the annual go-to event for those who enjoy a laid back, yet purposeful gathering,” said Linda S. Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs at the medical school. “Under the tent, guests will don their country glam for a fun-filled evening with plenty of ambiance, amazing food and music to go around.”

All proceeds from the annual event provide vital support for medical student scholarships. This year, event co-chairs, Dr. Adam (’99) and Emily Franks, have set a goal to raise $175,000 for the school’s scholarship endowment.

“As co-chairs of Standing Out in Our Field, Emily and I are thrilled to help rally support for medical student scholarships,” said Dr. Franks, who is also interim chair of family and community health at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association. “This event brings together alumni, faculty and friends who share a passion for education. Standing Out in Our Field ignites a wave of generosity across our community that directly impacts the lives of our students.”

Event sponsors to date include Marshall Health Network (Dean’s Circle); Valley Health Systems Inc. (MS-III); Champion Industries, Inc. Hammers Industries Inc., Nucor Steel West Virginia LLC, OVP Health, Radiology Inc., Retina Consultants (MS-II); Thundercloud Inc. (MS-I); Keith and Tamara Huffman (Band); and Greg and Terry Deppner Hardin (Decorations); and King Spirits (Wine).

Tickets are $175 per person. Additional sponsorships are available. To make a reservation, please contact Tami Fletcher at 304.691.1701 or For more information, go to

PHOTO: A night sky view of Standing Out In Our Field 2023, which featured a “Margaritaville” theme.

About the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is a community-based medical school established in 1977. Located in Huntington, West Virginia, the School of Medicine trains physicians, scientists and other professionals to meet the unique health care needs of rural and underserved communities. Learn more at

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