10th Annual “A Night on the Town” Will Benefit Surgicorps® Intl and Pennsylvania Batten Disease Support

October 10, 2014

Sheraton Station Square

Starting at 6 PM

On Friday, October 10, 2014, W.G. Tomko and Friends will host the 10th Annual “A Night on the Town” at the Sheraton Station Square. The event benefits Surgicorps International and Pennsylvania Batten Disease Support – two charities that are close to the hearts of the Tomko Family.

We’re excited and honored to be helping the Tomko’s celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this inspiring event during Surgicorps’ 20th Anniversary year. The generosity of the Tomko family and individuals like you make it possible for Surgicorps to accomplish its mission to provide free medical and surgical care to disadvantaged individuals in developing countries.

Tickets are $150 per person and include Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing. The evening will feature live entertainment by Gary Racan & Studio E!, and Chinese and Silent Auctions for a variety of choice merchandise and services.  Grand prizes include a trip to Florida, Bathroom Fixtures, and a Big Screen Television.  Sponsorships are also available.

Seating requests will be accommodated if received in advance. For more information or to request seating at a Surgicorps table, please call 412-767-4185 or by email: lesposto@surgicorps.org.

To register or become a sponsor, please download and print the Tomko Event Registration Form  and mail with your check (payable to Surgicorps International) to Surgicorps International, 3392 Saxonburg Blvd., Suite 400, Glenshaw, PA 15116.

Tickets and Sponsorships Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-wg-tomko-a-night-on-the-town-tickets-13001187903. Pay by check: To register or become a sponsor, please download and print the Tomko Event Registration Form. Mail the completed form with your check payable to Surgicorps International to: Surgicorps International, 3392 Saxonburg Blvd., Suite 400, Glenshaw, PA 15116.

Increase the impact of your support by encouraging others to attend! Please share this invitation and promote the event on your social media networks.

We look forward to sharing the evening with you. Thank you for your continuing support!

Join us for LemonAID

Surgicorps International applauds local entrepreneur and CEO of Eyeflow, Phil Laboon, for his decision to turn recent misfortune (read: lemons) into LemonAID. We’re grateful and excited to be the beneficiary organization of this fundraising event on Sunday, August, 31st.

If you’re in or around Pittsburgh for the Labor Day Weekend, please make plans to join the party (over 21 only) in the Grand Hall at The Priory. Every $75 admission is a fully tax deductible donation to Surgicorps and means life changing surgical and medical services for patients in developing countries. It’s also your ticket to great food, drinks and entertainment. The fun starts at 6:00pm!

Click here for more information and tickets & please spread the word!

Surgicorps remembers Dr. Sarah Pettrone

Our Surgicorps International Family lost a wonderful friend and colleague, as Dr. Sarah Pettrone lost her battle with cancer and passed away on July 26, 2014. Sarah traveled with us to Ethiopia in 2011, and twice to Bhutan—2010 and 2012, each time accompanied by one of her sisters, Kristen or Jess. She brought expertise, compassion, and care with her each and every day, and her smile (a Surgicorps Smile!!) and energy were infectious. Sarah will always be with us. Her spirit holds a permanent place on every one of our teams as we continue to do the work she so loved.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her parents, sisters, family members and many friends and colleagues during this time of loss.

-Jack & Linda

Click here to view obituary







20th Anniversary Celebration

On June 14, 2014, the Fox Chapel Racquet Club was the scene of the first Pittsburgh Celebration of Surgicorps’ 20 years of providing medical and surgical services to those in need in developing countries.

Hosted by Jack and Cathy Demos, the lively and memorable evening, attended by more than 170 long-time supporters, volunteers and new friends, included a Silent Auction of one-of-a-kind mementos from Surgicorps’ travels and music by the Jazz3. It was a fundraising success with more than $100,000 raised to support upcoming mission trips.










Trip volunteers received special recognition among the attendees. To highlight their spirit, generosity and history with Surgicorps, volunteers decorated their nametags with flags from the countries they visited. There was no end to the reunions and new introductions inspired by their shared experiences.











Dr. Demos reminded the audience of the purpose of the evening by narrating a photographic retrospective of the past 20 years. It included the memorable faces and infectious smiles of patients, their families and the Surgicorps family; leaving a lasting impression on everyone in the room. The organization’s history and service tells a story of hope, relief and love. It goes well beyond the recipients of the 4,000 surgeries in 18 countries. The positive ripple reaches the families of patients and service personnel in hosting countries before it rebounds back to Surgicorps’ volunteers as the satisfaction of giving back.

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A heartfelt “Thank you” from the Surgicorps staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and the communities that we serve.

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Pittsburgh Marathon

Be a runner or virtual runner in the Pittsburgh Marathon and support Surgicorps!

Follow this link — http://www.crowdrise.com/surgicorps2014pghmarathon/fundraiser/surgicorpsinternatio — to learn more. Donations of all amounts are appreciated and if you donate $50 or more, you will receive a receive a Surgicorps running tank! Contributions are accepted until the day of the race — May 4th — BUT if you would like the jersey for the marathon, please donate before April 11, 2014.

For more information, Olivia Cimba at oliviamcc@me.com.


Introducing the 2014 Surgicorps International Bhutan Team

Surgicorps’ 8th mission to Bhutan departs on Friday, April 25th. This year’s team includes 24 volunteers including  10 with previous experience in Bhutan, 5 veterans of other Surgicorps trips and 9 taking their first trip with Surgicorps. Dr. Willie Manteris will once again take his dental services beyond Paro helping to expand Surgicorps’ impact by hundreds.


Safe Travels and a Successful Mission!


Neal Armagost

Thanh Armagost

Cliff Bierman

Laura Holman Byrne

Diane Crossett

Jack Demos

Linda Esposto

Paul Kim

Kathy Kim

Prema Krishnamurthy

John Lagnese

Peg Lagnese

Sheryl Lamb

Tiffany Lonchera

Willie Manteris

Etsuro Motoyama

Naomi Quillopa

Ann Kelly Regan

Warren Schubert

Kristen Schneider

Modupe Sonuyi

Betsy Utterback

Judy van Beuren

Karen Thurman

Surgicorps Medical Youth Leadership Committee Announces Scholarship

The Surgicorps Medical Youth Leadership (SMYL) Committee, recognizing both the inspirational value and the financial challenge of overseas medical service trips for students in the medical fields, seeks to assist those students with a genuine interest in third world medicine, through the Surgicorps Student Scholarship which offers $1,000 toward trip costs.
For more information — visit Volunteer.

Bhutan 2013

In the words of Bhutan 2013 Team Member, Dr. Alex Rose

Flying into Paro Airport for the first time is an exhilarating experience. The plane banks along the Himalayan Mountains before gliding to a stop on a narrow landing strip in a small valley that seems to appear out of nowhere. It was my first time in Bhutan, as well as about half of the other team members on this Surgicorps International trip. For others, this was their seventh journey to Paro, Bhutan, where dozens of patients already lined the open halls of the hospital, awaiting our arrival. The transition from hotel to hospital was a quick one and screening began almost immediately. With the help of the Tarayana Foundation, an NGO founded by her Majesty the Queen, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, patients received assistance with their transportation costs from the eastern regions of the country, enabling them access to Surgicorps aid.

That first day of screening we saw dozens of children with cleft lips and cleft palates. The majority of these children were born to parents who had no family history of this congenital deformity. Some babies were quite healthy and thriving, despite this deficit. Others were more obviously impacted in their growth from an inability to feed well. The OR schedule was filling up fast with patients whom we could really help in the days following.

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