North Coast Health Celebration of Caring Raises $145,000

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More than 300 people turned out for North Coast Health’s annual Celebration of Caring gala on Thursday, August 28,  at LaCentre in Westlake.  Over $145,000 was raised through the event, which represents ten percent of the organization’s operating budget and will be used to continue the life-saving care that North Coast Health provides to the medically underserved.

“We are touched by the faithful support we have received through this event,” says NCH Executive Director Lee Elmore. “Despite the many changes transforming our nation’s health care system, the need for our services continues.  With the financial help of our community, we are able to continue to see those who need us most.”

The evening featured a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, awards presentation, a live auction and raffles, including the summer long Vacation Raffle won by Michelle Grisik of Richfield.  Honorary chairs for the event were Chris and Sandy Haas; and the event 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: Theodore E. Wymyslo, MD, FAAFP

Partner Award: The Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation

Hahn/Hoeffler/Sanders Memorial Award for Outstanding Medical Volunteers: Victor Strimbu, MD

Angel Volunteer Award: Mary Warren

North Coast Health is grateful to the support of our sponsors to ensure the success of this event.  Returning for a second year, Parker Hannifin Corporation was the event’s lead “Presenting” sponsor.  Other sponsors include, as Supporting Sponsors:  The Cleveland Clinic, Lee and Larry Elmore, First Federal Lakewood, Louise A. Fletcher, The Charles J. Nock Family, Rae-Ann Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sea-Land Chemical Company, and Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg; as Helping Sponsors:  Delphine Barrett, The Bergendahl Institute, Lakewood Presbyterian Church, The MetroHealth System, George W. Quil/FM Global, Carol Ann Rini, Walter|Haverfield, LLP, Mary Warren and Richard Watts, MD; and as Caring Sponsors:  Curt Brosky, Milan “Mike” Busta, Connie and Hal Cooper, Fred and Nora DeGrandis, Sara and Jim Doan, Frantz Ward LLP, K.V. and Alayne Gopalakrishna, Ray and Mary Ann Griffiths, Hinkley Lighting, HW&Co, Wendy Kieding, John and Nancy Lupo, McManamon & Co., LLC, CPA’s and St. John Medical Center.

About North Coast Health

North Coast Health is a faith-based charitable clinic that provides and optimizes access to health care for the medically underserved.  A vital part of Greater Cleveland’s health care safety net for the past 28 years, North Coast Health provides primary care, prescription assistance, specialty referrals and health education to individuals and families in need.  With the support of volunteer physicians, nurses and other caregivers, NCH is a patient-centered medical home that provides preventive care and chronic disease management as well as care for acute illnesses and injuries.

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