Giving back to community
Attendees of the Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Research Conference pose atop Mount Kearsarge. The conference has been held at Colby-Sawyer College in New London for the past 67 years. For one week every summer, medicinal chemists from around the world get together to share cutting edge research. In the afternoons, between science sessions, people from the conference hiked up Mount Kearsarge and Mount Cardigan, canoed on Lake Pleasant, cruised on Lake Sunapee, bicycled around New London, attended the local craft fairs and golfed at the Country Club of New Hampshire. Many years ago, the conference recognized the great hospitality of the college and started giving back to Colby-Sawyer College. The conference contributed to the construction of the Ivey Science Center and to the installation of campus-wide wireless. Five years ago, Al Robichaud, now at Sage Pharmaceuticals, began an annual charity poker tournament to give back to the New London community. On the last night of the conference, the tournament is held and donations are collected to benefit a local charity. Over the last six years, the charity has raised more than $6,000 for local organizations in New London. This year, a new record for donations was set, raising more than $1,700 for the Kearsarge Lake Sunapee Food Pantry.