North Coast Health Ministry’s annual fundraising gala, Celebration of Caring, was a hit last Thursday as several hundred guests gathered at LaCentre in Westlake ins support of this year’s theme, “Connect to Good Health.”
The evening featured a cocktail hour with piano accompaniment, dinner and dessert, a live auction and raffles, including a drawing for a dream vacation at a Hilton Grand Vacation Club of the winner’s choice, won by John and Ruth Meyerhoffer Honorary chairs for the event were Ray and Diana Marvar. Event co-chairs were Carol Gress, Wendy Kieding, and Kathe Serbin. Parker Hannifin is the event’s lead “Connecting” sponsor.
This annual event supports the life-saving health care provided at NCHM for the low-income uninsured in western Greater Cleveland. The evening’s goal is to raise $150,000, more than 10 percent of NCHM’s annual operating budget. NCHM is projected to serve 2600 patients this year.
“We are very grateful for the outpouring of support we received at Celebration of Caring,” says NCHM Executive Director Lee Elmore. “It is heartening to know there are so many in our community who share our concern for the needs of the low-income uninsured and are willing to join our efforts to be their connection to good health.”
Sponsors included: Connecting Sponsor: Parker Hannifin; Linking Sponsors: Fairview Hospital and Lakewood Hospital; Bridging Sponsors: Delphine Barrett; First Federal of Lakewood, Louise A. Fletcher, Kaiser Permanente, The Nock Family, Rae-Ann Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, Sea-Land Chemical Company, University Hospitals, and Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg; Joining Sponsors: Larry and Lee Elmore; May Gendron; Chris and Sandy Haas; Wendy Kieding; Lakewood Presbyterian Church; MetroHealth; Mrs. Carol Ann Rini; Dan and Kathe Serbin; St. John Medical Center; and Dr. Richard Watts; Uniting Sponsors: Curt Brosky and Betty Tereck; Fred and Nora DeGrandis; Sara and Jim Doan; John and Donna Fleischer; Ray and Mary Ann Griffiths; The Hoffman Group; Howard, Wershbale & Co; Gerrit and Peg Kuechle; John and Nancy Lupo; Adele and Bill Malley; Ray and Diana Marvar; McMannamon & Co., LLC; North Coast Jaw and Implant Center; George W. Quil/FM Global; Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Dorothy Tomsik; and Mary Warren.
About North Coast Health Ministry
NCHM is a faith-based charitable health center that provides and optimizes access to health care for the medically underserved. A vital part of the community health care safety net for the past 27 years, NCHM provides primary care, prescription assistance, specialty referrals and health education to low-income individuals and families. With the support of over 150 volunteer physicians, nurses and other caregivers, NCHM is the medical home for its patients, providing preventive care and chronic disease management as well as care for acute illnesses and injuries.