March 30, 2006

Weatherhead EMBA students organize ball to benefit Global Forum

Event will promote and raise funds for Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit's Global Forum and charitable organization Medwish

The evening will feature a South
African theme including South African
wines, light hors d'oeuvres, dinner,
and a short presentation
on BAWB's mission.

A group of students from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management have found a unique way of fulfilling a class assignment while at the same time promoting an important upcoming event at the Weatherhead School.

The students, members of the executive MBA class of 2006, were assigned as part of an entrepreneurship class to form a company and write a business plan for it. The company they created, Triple Play Enterprises, specializes in organizing and promoting fundraising events for nonprofit organizations. To prove that their business concept model was viable they decided to host as their first event a charity ball to raise funds and promote awareness for, the upcoming Global Forum sponsored by the Weatherhead School's Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB).

The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit charity ball will take place Friday, April 21 beginning at 6 p.m. at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Street, in Cleveland's flats district. The evening will feature a South African theme including South African wines, light hors d'oeuvres, dinner, a short presentation on BAWB's mission. Following dinner will be a silent auction which will include South African artwork and artifacts brought back from the EMBA's recent International study tour, as well as tickets to local sporting events, spa packages, and a variety of other items. The festivities will conclude with dancing to a live band serving up an eclectic mix of music ranging from folk, acoustic, classic rock, to pop.

The BAWB Global Forum, scheduled for October 23-25 on the Case campus, will bring together business leaders and educators to focus on ways of doing business that are both profitable and address the world's most pressing social needs. It will unite the efforts of the UN Global Compact, the Academy of Management, and the Weatherhead School. More than 400 business practitioners and management scholars are expected to attend, with 3,000 more participating worldwide via satellite and Internet links.

Along with the BAWB forum, proceeds from the ball will also benefit Medwish, a nonprofit organization which provides unused medical supplies to developing countries and to Mothers Programme, a South African charity helping to prevent the spread of the HIV virus from mothers to their unborn children.

MedWish International was founded and is presided over by Lee Ponsky, M.D., a 1997 alumnus of the Case School of Medicine and an assistant professor of urology at the medical school and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Tickets are $75 for students, $85 for individuals, $150 for couples and $550 for corporate tables of eight. For more information, registration, or to donate items for the silent auction call (216) 556-5445. Registration is also available online at

For more information: Jeff Bendix 216-368-6070.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 30, 2006 10:46 AM | News Topics: Community Outreach, Events, Healthcare

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