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Fundraiser for surgical team needs help

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad resident, board-certified plastic surgeon and ConnectMed founder Amanda Gosman is hosting a ConnectMed International fundraiser event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Silver Gate Yacht Club, 2091 Shelter Island Drive. Tickets are $35. However, planners are still in need of items for the silent auction. They remind donors that any donations to this nonprofit organization can be applied to tax returns. For details, visit www.ConnectMed.org.
ConnectMed is a nonprofit organization that works to promote sustainable multidisciplinary health care and education to patients and health care providers in underserved areas around the world through the combination of direct medical care and the establishment of an interactive telemedicine network between international sites.
Gosman travels to undeserved areas of the world to provide lifesaving surgeries free of cost. In 2010, she was named a Healthcare Champion by the San Diego Business Journal and a Local Hero by Bank of America. She founded ConnectMed International and has planned a trip to Damoh, India, in 2011 that will serve 100 patients in need of surgery. The estimated cost for CMI to take a full medical team to India and the required surgical equipment is $200,000.
Visit www.connectmed.org to learn more and see before-and-after pictures of the children she has helped. Tickets can be purchased for the event on the website.

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