The 2018 Shade Tree Benefit Dinner and Auction, in conjunction with the Shade Tree Trot, a 5k charity race, is the primary fundraiser for the Shade Tree Family Clinic. Shade Tree is a free health clinic in East Nashville run by Vanderbilt medical students that serves the uninsured and underserved of Nashville. In addition, the clinic serves as an important teaching tool for medical students with opportunities for leadership, administrative, and patient care positions. Shade Tree serves over 450 patients and provides comprehensive primary care, specialty care (including psychiatry, gynecology, obstetrics, dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, neurology, and weight loss), social services, and medications free of charge. The event is a dinner and silent auction.