North Coast Health benefit raises over $125,000

North Coast Health hosted 275 guests at their signature fundraising event, Celebration of Caring, held on Sept. 3 at LaCentre. Through the gifts of event sponsors, donors, and other generous supporters, North Coast Health was able to raise over $125,000 to continue providing healthcare to the medically underserved, including almost $35,000 to expand the Behavioral Health Program, addressing the significant gap in mental health services.

A growing body of evidence demonstrates the link between untreated mental illness and increased complications in chronic disease. North Coast Health will address the lack of sufficient mental health services and once again "stand in the gap" for the most medically vulnerable in our community.

The evening featured a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, awards presentation, a live auction and raffles. Mrs. Carol Ann Rini served as honorary chair for the event, which was co-chaired by Wendy Kieding, Kathe Serbin and Carol Sterba.

At the event, awards were given to the following individuals and organizations for their work in helping the medically underserved to access care. Community Champion Award: John R. Corlett; Partner Award: Cotabish Charitable Trust; Hahn/Hoeffler/Sanders Memorial Award for Outstanding Medical Volunteers: Norma Collin and Peggy Drew; and Angel Volunteer Award: Carolyn McGreal.

For nearly three decades, North Coast Health has provided a safety net for low-income individuals and families struggling to access affordable medical care. On behalf of our patients, we would like to express our gratitude to all who helped make Celebration of Caring 2015 such an overwhelming success.

Elizabeth O'Brien

North Coast Health Business & Events Director

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:08 AM, 09.15.2015