Fall 2013 Fundraiser – Casino Night a Huge Success!!
On Saturday night October 12, over 390 registered guest enjoyed great food, excellent music, and the opportunity to feel the rush of casino night, amplified by the ambiance of the Music Instrument Museum in North Scottsdale. Each and everyone of them now partners in our humanitarian efforts to provide needed spine surgical support to the less fortunate. Thank you to all who attended, and supported the event. Your kindness and generosity will go to help perform complex surgery for children and adults who’s poverty dictates their access to life altering surgery.
Special thanks to the event organizers Jane D’Amelio, Sarah Lossing, Bianca Shaw, and Heather Cardenas for their work, as well as the many other volunteers who made the evening a success.
May God bless you and your families.Duane D. H. Pitt MD Founder – International Surgical Foundation
Special thanks to our many sponsors:
Desert Institute for Spine Disorders, Orthofix Spine, RightToyota, Medtronic Spine, Team Velocity Marketing, PJs Flowers and Events, AZ Sports Talk, Phoenix Magazine, Right Honda, Hinrichsen Jewelers, Dent Wizard, Laser Spine, Lerner & Rowe, Dream Dealers, SM, Fundacion HOMS, Parker & Sons.
Unfortunately, many of you could not make it and we would like to share with everyone the photos from the event. Please click on the link below to view the event.
Fall 2013 Fundraiser – Casino Night!!
Please join ISF on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:00pm for a fabulous night of “Diamonds and Dice” at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Take a step back in time as we re-introduce the Rat Pack era here in Arizona. We will be offering an evening of charity gambling, silent and live auctions, and delicious hor d’oeuvres.
You will have an opportunity to win a 2013 Toyota Camry, a 1 caret diamond ring, or many other exciting prizes including prizes for best dressed.
Tickets for the event are $50.00 per person and raffle tickets for the Toyota Camry can be purchased before the event. Please RSVP here or contact us at 480-656-4048. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at Desert Institute for Spine Disorders or Right Toyota in Scottsdale. We hope to see you there!
Spring 2013 Fundraiser Dinner
March 9th / Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix
On Saturday evening March 9, 2013 ISF supporters and philanthropist enjoyed a night of great entertainment and raised a significant amount of resources in support of our humanitarian efforts in the Dominican Republic.
Guest enjoyed the many silent auction items that were available, then experienced first hand the energy and excitement of a live auction conducted by Letitia Frye raising over $20,000. Dinner provided by The Ritz-Carlton was superb as usual, and then the evening concluded with laughter as Ricardo Rocha and Reggie Walker “the white guy” kept everyone laughing with there witty monologues.
There are many great photos available of the event and you can find them at Misti Layne Images.
ISF thanks everyone in attendance for their generous support and look forward to your participation as partners in this humanitarian effort into the future.
May God bless you all and thank you.
Drs. Duane and Keila Pitt
Previous Humanitarian Effort
September 9-16, 2012
The surgical team of almost 8 members comprised of two surgeons, and support staff completed a week of 5 complex scoliosis and revision spine operations. The shortest case was just over 3 hours and the longes case required a surgical approach from the front and back of the spine in an effort to correct the patients major (120 degree) scoliosis. We unfortunately had to limit the number of cases as some of our equipment was held up in customs for over one week before we arrived and 3 days into our surgical week. Once we were able to take possession of our equipment we worked well into the night as we pushed to correct patients with scoliosis, high grade spondylolisthesis, and cervical myelopathy.
We were able to conduct during this week two full days of clinic and evaluated a large number of patients who will begin the process of conservative medical management for their spine issues, and a small number will likely require surgery in the future. We were able to schedule for September 2013 two cases, and have another potential case that will be evaluated during a upcomming spine and scoliosis clinic.
September 2012 Surgical Team Members:
- Scoliosis Surgeon: Dr. Duane Pitt
- Approach Surgeon: Dr. Adalberto Gonzalez
- Hospitalist: Dra. Keila Pitt
- Surgical 1st Assistant: Stefan Farrell
- Surgical RN:
- Surgical Technician: Todd Lehmenkuler
- Neuromonitoring: Lauren Hewitt
- Hardware Vendor 1: Paul Kenney
- Hardware Vendor 2: Dan Kamm
- Medical Admin: Levy Mendez
- Anesthesiologist: Local HOMS Hospital Physician
- Medical Logistics Coordinator: Jose “Christian” Ramon Agramonte
From our work during the last 12 months, managing a scoliosis and spine clinic and two surgical weeks, we have evaluated over 150 pre-selected and screened patients with high risk problems who are now in jeopardy of neurologic issues or persistent incapacitating pain from their problem. This screening process was performed by a local Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Richard Lopez Santana who is also donating his time to help the people of Dominican Republic.