The annual Music for Medicine Benefit took place on November 18th, 2022, in New York City. Hosted by the American Austrian Foundation, Thomas McGrath, Chairman of the AAF, and Daisy Soros, Benefit Chair of the AAF, provided a warm welcome for the guests and introduced the program for the evening. Following, Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky, CEO of the Open Medical Institute, shared updates from Salzburg, including success stories of the OMI. He also spoke about the successful OMI expansion into Mexico as well as the plans to develop OMI seminars in Vietnam next year.
A moving concert was given by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, including Wolfgang Breinschmid (violin), Milan Setena (violin), Robert Bauerstatter (viola), and Edison Paschko (cello). Musical pieces included Ignaz Pleyel’s Quartet No. 2 in F Moll for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Violoncello as well as Opus 41 Allegro Andante con Variazioni. W. A. Mozart’s Divertimento in Es Dur for Violin, Viola, and Violoncello (KV 563 1. Satz: Allegro) and the Quartet in D Dur for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Violoncello (KV 285 Allegro Adagio Rondeau) were also eloquently performed.
The event comprised of a live paddle raise auction, a silent auction, as well as raffle items. There were 200 guests, including AAF board members, OMI faculty and friends, as well as committed individuals from business, law, medicine, and public service. The benefit was a resounding success, with all funds going towards the Salzburg Medical Seminars of the Open Medical Institute (OMI).
We would like to thank all guests for spending the evening with us, believing and investing in our mission to expand medical education beyond borders, and to the musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic for providing a beautiful musical concert!