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Renowned neurosurgeon speaks at Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund auction

| Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
John Altdorfer
Ben Carson joined Alfonso Costa during the Pittsburgh Carson’s Scholars Fund Dinner at the Andy Warhol Museum in the North Side. Dec. 8, 2014.
John Altdorfer
Billy Aikins and his mom, Maria, were among the guests at the Pittsburgh Carson’s Scholars Fund Dinner at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side. Dec. 8 ,2014.
John Altdorfer
Dante Works joins Jaunita Hughley and Brandon Works during the Pittsburgh Carson’s Scholars Fund Dinner at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side. Dec. 8 ,2014.
John Altdorfer
Christie Rossick strikes a pose during the Pittsburgh Carson’s Scholars Fund Dinner at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side. Dec. 8 ,2014.
John Altdorfer
Monique Stewart and Christina Costa Montani were among the guests at the Pittsburgh Carson’s Scholars Fund Dinner at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side. Dec. 8 ,2014.

World-renowned neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee Dr. Ben Carson (with Candy) hit rock-star status Dec. 8 thanks to an enthusiastic crowd of 200-plus celebrating the Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund charity auction.

“Education is the great divide,” Carson said. “We're called the United States of America — it's up to us to reject the divisions of our country.”

Since its inception 11 years ago, the fund has awarded scholarships to 900 area students in grades 4 to 11 based on academic excellence and humanitarian endeavors.

“Preparing kids for the future guarantees the future,” said recipient Billy Aikins.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis (with Trameka) and Dr.Alfonso Costa hosted the event at the Andy Warhol Museum, welcoming the likes of Maria Aikins, Lauren Rushak, Jarrod Duffy, Josh Farber, Dave andLauren Murray and Don Dobroski.

Chapters of the Carson Scholars Fund seek to positively impact the nation by cultivating future leaders.

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