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Docs for Morgan event promotes friendly rivalry for a good cause

January 20, 2017

The 4th Annual "Docs for Morgan" benefit basketball game raised money for the Morgan Harrington Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The fund is named after Harrington, who was tragically murdered in 2009. The game pits medical students against physicians. This year, the physicians won. (David Hungate for VTCSOM)

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The 2016 Docs for Morgan champs savor their victory.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students will try to win back their title against a team of Carilion Clinic residents, attending physicians, and Jefferson College of Health Sciences students in the fifth annual Docs for Morgan basketball challenge.

The fundraiser supports the Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

“Each year, the teams get more competitive, in a friendly way,” said Tracey Criss, a psychiatrist and assistant dean for clinical science years 3 and 4 at the medical school and organizer of the event. “It’s all for a good cause — to celebrate Morgan’s life and support her legacy.”

Harrington, who was a student at Virginia Tech, interned at the medical school the summer before her death. She is remembered for her kind heart, exuberant laugh, and can-do spirit.

Docs for Morgan was formed in 2012 by Carilion Clinic physicians who wanted to honor Morgan and support her parents, Daniel and Gil Harrington. Dan Harrington is vice dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The event supports an annual scholarship that goes to deserving students at the school and honors Morgan’s passion for education.

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Even the HokieBird got in on last year's action.

“Over the past five years, this event has garnered tremendous support from our faculty, staff, and students, as well as local schools, area businesses, and the community,” Criss said. “We are grateful and humbled by the show of support.”

During the game, a raffle will be held for the chance to take a half-court shot during halftime to win $10,000, courtesy of Friendship Retirement Community. Jean Jadhon, from WDBJ7, will participate in the event. A silent auction will run throughout the game, and the Patrick Henry High School pep band and Cave Spring and Lord Botetourt High School cheerleaders will be on hand to add to the evening’s excitement.

In addition to overseeing the planning of this significant event each year, Criss also participates as a player.

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Carilion Clinic physicians and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students battle it out during the 2016 Docs for Morgan event.

“The game can get pretty intense at times,” she said. “But in the end, we come together to show that the good of people overcomes the evil of tragedy.”

Harrington was abducted and murdered after attending a rock concert in Charlottesville in 2009.

Docs for Morgan will be held Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at Patrick Henry High School, located at 2102 Grandin Road, SW, in Roanoke. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the door.

For further information or assistance, email Lynne Pearo or call her at 540-581-0277.

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