Summit County care clinic holds fundraiser for support | SummitDaily.com

Summit County care clinic holds fundraiser for support

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado

Rough financial times appear to have increased traffic to the Summit Community Care Clinic, putting more burden on the county’s only medical and dental clinic dedicated to under- or uninsured residents.

“We’ve been so overwhelmingly busy,” said executive director Sarah Vaine. “Not even two months into the year, we’ve serviced over a quarter of our entire visits for 2008.”

She said the equivalent of 26 percent of last year’s medical patient visits ” or 821 of 3,187 ” had accrued by Feb. 15 in 2009.

New patients are increasing as well, with about 10 to 15 Care Cards issued per day in January compared with the average of six per day for the same month in 2008. Care Cards are required for first-time patients to see the clinic’s doctors.

With the high patient volume, the clinic needs more support for its operations.

Vaine said the Peak One Surgery Center, High Country Health Care and others have been generous in sponsoring the second annual Soup for the Soul, Bread for the Clinic fundraiser.

“It’s really our only planned fundraiser a year,” she said, adding that the clinic hopes to raise about $30,000.

Last year, the Hearthstone Restaurant in Breckenridge offered an unexpected fundraiser, which proved helpful. The clinic relies heavily off grants and donations.

The March 28 fundraiser is set for 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Big Horn Conference Center at Copper Mountain Resort, the event’s “premier sponsor.” It will include food, live music by Sheryl Renee band and silent and live auctions.

“It helps the community and helps individuals get connected with our mission,” Vaine said.

Tickets are $40, including a souvenir bowl, and reserved tables are available. For reservations and tickets call (970) 668-4059 or (970) 389-2722.

All proceeds benefit the clinic.

Robert Allen can be contacted

at (970) 668-4628 or

rallen@summitdaily.com.


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