Standing Out in Our Field


Linda S. Holmes
Director of Development & Alumni Affairs

Standing Out in Our Field is the major scholarship fundraiser for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, thank you to all of the sponsors, guests and volunteers who made our 2023 event such a huge success, raising an additional $100,000 for our School of Medicine Scholarship Endowment Fund. Thank you! 

Save the Date: August 24, 2024

Standing Out in Our Field 8 Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors and donors. All proceeds go to support medical student scholarships. 

Dean's Circle


Marshall University Research Corporation
Nucor Steel West Virginia LLC
Valley Health Systems, Inc.


Champion Industries, Inc.
E.P. Leach & Sons, Inc.
Logan Regional Medical Center/ScionHealth
OVP Health
Radiology, Inc.
Retina Consultants
Wilmink Smith Cline Wealth Advisors


Dr. Maurice & Mrs. Diane Mufson
Hammers Industries, Inc.
Holzer Health System
MagMutual Insurance Company
Marshall Health
Ohio Valley Bank
Shuman McCuskey Slicer PLLC 


Edward Tucker Architects, Inc.
Pinnacle Health Group
WVU Medicine - Thomas Hospitals


Boone Memorial Health
Peak Health
River Park Hospital


Mr. Greg & Mrs. Terry Deppner Hardin
King Spirits
Woodmen Life

About Standing Out in Our Field

Standing Out in Our Field started in 2014, the brain child of Chef Steven Nakano, MD ('15), as a way to raise necessary funds to grow our medical student scholarship endowment and involve the community in the effort. Since the inaugural event, it's become an annual tradition hosted by the School of Medicine and supported by the larger Huntington community. Standing Out in Our Field attracts more than 500 guests annually to a tent under the stars. From 2014 to 2019, the event was held on the picturesque farm of Dr. Bobby ('97) and Eric Hardin-Miller nestled in the hills of Proctorville, Ohio. In 2022, the event moved to the soccer complex at scenic Barboursville Park just outside Huntington, West Virginia. Our medical students serve as wait staff, serving a three-course meal that ties in seamlessly with the event's theme prepared by Executive Chef Don Sallada of Cabell Huntington Hospital. We've taken guests on an epicurean journey to Brazil, Jamaica and the Great American Ball Park and Havana. No matter the “destination,” it’s a fun filled evening with friends, food and dancing for a worthy cause.  

Most importantly, we've invested nearly $900,000 into students scholarships thanks to our generous donors and the hard work of our volunteers!