An elegant evening laced with masks and mysteries are part of this year\u2019s Grand Affair - an event that supports West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine student scholarships.\r\n\r\nThe WVSOM Student Government Association will host the event. This year\u2019s theme is \u201cVenetian Masquerade.\u201d Each year the Grand Affair offers guests an elegant evening with dancing and dinner at The Greenbrier.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt goes without saying that The Greenbrier is a historic landmark. It\u2019s world-renowned and it elevates and adds to the character of the event,\u201d said SGA President Jake Mutch. \u201cYou can\u2019t deny the quality of an event like this.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Grand Affair begins at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 8, in the resort\u2019s Colonial Ballroom.\r\n\r\nMost importantly, the Grand Affair is an event where community members can directly support medical students through scholarships.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve been fortunate to be part of this community and part of WVSOM\u2019s mission is rural outreach and strengthening bonds within a community,\u201d Mutch said. \u201cThis event is an opportunity for the community to connect with medical students and support us, as well as the health of the area and West Virginia.\u201d\r\n\r\nJim Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM\u2019s vice president for administration and external relations, said that once a year the Grand Affair is a way to not only support but to celebrate WVSOM.\r\n\r\n\u201cPeople in the community and around the state attend the Grand Affair because it is a fundraiser for student scholarships and it\u2019s a way to show appreciation to our medical students,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s also a way to celebrate WVSOM and its contributions to West Virginia.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe evening will feature a strolling dinner, dancing, silent auction and a car raffle. The WVSOM Foundation is sponsoring a \u201cFocus on Excellence\u201d raffle, which is an opportunity for someone to win a new Ford Focus. Tickets are being sold for $100 and proceeds will also benefit student scholarships. The winner will be announced during the Grand Affair.\r\n\r\nTickets for the Grand Affair are available to the public for $150. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. To purchase tickets, call the WVSOM Office of Student Affairs at 304-647-6401.