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Neighborhood Healthcare’s sets record at Saturday’s fundraising gala

Neighborhood Healthcare’s virtual gala featuring, from left, Auctioneer Darren Diess, Neighborhood Healthcare Chief Growth Officer Alejandro Nunez, Neighborhood Healthcare Director of Philanthropy and Patient Experience Tina Pope, and Neighborhood Healthcare Fund Development Manager Amber Berkey.

Neighborhood Healthcare, an Escondido-based regional Federally Qualified Health Center providing a wide range of medical, dental, and behavioral health services, successfully raised more than $300,000 in last Saturday’s virtual fundraising gala. 

The achievement surpassed all records despite being the first-ever done entirely online. 

“We’re grateful for the support we received from so many organizations and generous individuals,” said Rakesh Patel, MD, CEO of Neighborhood Healthcare. “This event exceeded all expectations and demonstrated how communities could rally around each other in these unprecedented times. Now more than ever, our mission to provide quality, comprehensive, compassionate care to everyone regardless of circumstances is greatly needed.” 

The Speakeasy Soiree Watch Party took place from 5 to 6 p.m. this past Saturday, September 26, on Zoom and YouTube. Gala events included music, an online auction, messages from those that Neighborhood Healthcare has helped, and the opportunity to honor one of its board members, longtime Escondido resident, and former Escondido City Council Member Elmer Cameron. 

The funds raised through the activities and donations will expand Neighborhood Healthcare’s services throughout Riverside and San Diego Counties. These include behavioral health, dental care, women’s health, podiatry, pharmacy, vision, prenatal, and other services in addition to primary care. The organization also offers patients assistance to enroll in Medi-Cal, Covered California, CalFresh food assistance, and social services. 

“We offer a range of programs and resources that address many of the barriers our patients face on their road to health and happiness,” said Tina Pope, director of philanthropy and patient experience for Neighborhood Healthcare. “The support we received this past weekend from so many individuals and organizations will help us continue to bring positive change to our communities; change you can see firsthand in the smiles of the patients we serve.”

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