UTMB Health The School of Health Professions presents Growing Dreams Planting the seeds for scholarly success.

Planting the seeds for scholarly success for the

UTMB School of Health Professions

An innovative culinary dinner curated by Chef David Skinner in support of student scholarships for the UTMB School of Health Professions.

Thursday, May 15, 2025

6:00 - 9:00 pm

UTMB Health Education Center (HEC) 1.200-1.202

UTMB Health at Galveston
301 11th Street Galveston TX, 77550

We are delighted to announce the date for our 2nd Annual “Growing Dreams” Dinner! Please mark your calendars as we come together to make a difference in the lives of deserving students. A formal invitation with more details will be forthcoming in the coming months, but for now, hold the date and anticipate an unforgettable evening. Your participation and generosity play a vital role in shaping the educational journey of our students, and we cannot wait to share this meaningful experience with you once again.

Please email us at shpevents@utmb.edu and/or call 409-772-3001 for more information.

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Thank you for a successful event!

On April 24, 2024, the UTMB School of Health Professions hosted a spectacular fundraising dinner, "Growing Dreams - Planting the Seeds for Scholarly Success." This farm-to-table event featured the renowned Chef David Skinner, who delighted guests with an exquisite menu celebrating French country cooking and honoring the legacy of the late Chef Julia Child.

The event was hosted by David A. Brown, Sr. Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions, and chaired by Karen R. Chapman, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Class of 1988, and Karen Kunz, OTR, Occupational Therapy, Class of 1990. Their leadership and dedication ensured the evening was a resounding success, bringing together alumni, faculty, and community supporters to raise over $40,000 in crucial funds for student scholarships.

Guests enjoyed a remarkable culinary experience that reflected the warmth and richness of French country cuisine. Chef Skinner's dishes paid homage to Julia Child's influence on American cooking, creating an unforgettable dining experience that was both nostalgic and innovative.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and attendees, the event raised significant funds to support scholarships for students in various health professions programs. These scholarships will help equip aspiring healthcare providers with the necessary skills for clinical and administrative roles, including Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Respiratory Therapists.


David A. Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASAHP
Senior Vice President and Dean
School of Health Professions

David Skinner

About Chef David Skinner

Chef David Skinner, renowned for his culinary innovation, seamlessly blends food and art at Eculent in Kemah, Texas. Breaking barriers between gastronomy and artistic expression, Eculent is a haven for culinary enthusiasts.

Chef Skinner's commitment to food science and sustainability has made Eculent a unique dining experience and a champion of responsible culinary practices.

Read More: Chef Skinner's Biography

Join us as we educate the future of healthcare!

The School of Health Professions is dedicated to equipping aspiring professionals with the skills needed for clinical and administrative roles. Your support helps train Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Health Professionals, Nutritionists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Respiratory Therapists, addressing challenges in medical care distribution, access, and cost.

Your attendance and support will play a crucial role in shaping the future success of aspiring health professionals.

Thanks to our wonderful 2024 sponsors!!

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