July 19, 2018
 
Community Health Center of Cape Cod Gala Raises $122K

June 28, 2018 — The Community Health Center of Cape Cod, a Falmouth-based nonprofit that provides health care in Bourne, Falmouth, and Mashpee, often to people without health insurance, announced it raised $122,000 at its recent gala, celebrating its twentieth anniversary, beating its goal by 25%.

Funds raised at the Once Upon A Time gala, held June 22 at The Cape Club in Falmouth, will support wraparound services at the he Community Health Center of Cape Cod that are not reimbursable.

Attendance at this year's gala—163 people—was 10% higher than the last one held two years ago.

Christopher Ellis, senior development associate and the fundraising chair, said, "We had an amazing committee and honorary committee of donors and supporters who worked tirelessly to help sell sponsorships, tickets and solicit auction items. The staff, committees, and supporters of the health center all went above and beyond to make sure the event was a success and to help us celebrate 20 years of providing quality health care to those who need it most."

The amount raised from the gala represents 15% of the organization's fundraising goal for the current fiscal year.

Funds were raised through ticket sales, 28 sponsorships , a silent auction, a fund-a-need drive during the event, and individual donations.

Sponsors included Judie and Sam Lorusso, Blanche Seifer, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Massachusetts Medical Society, and Peterson Company, LLC.

Honored at the event was founder Mary Ann Waygan, who was presented with the Founder’s Award to recognize her contributions, along with a number of other volunteers, to create a free clinic to meet the demand of underserved Falmouth residents.

The health center was established in 1997 as the volunteer-run Falmouth Free Clinic, completing 600 visits in the basement of Falmouth Hospital in its first year. Community Health Center of Cape Cod, a federally qualified health center, today serves more than 15,000 patients annually.

In addition to its core services, the center has developed special programs, such as comprehensive diabetes care, primary care for veterans, addiction recovery treatment, and youth suicide prevention services.

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