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Gunsmoke Gala to Benefit Mercy Health Center

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Gunsmoke Gala to Benefit Mercy Health Center

March 06, 2007 by Natalie Glenn, Plexus Web Creations


Mercy Health Center, a volunteer based 501©(3) nonprofit Christian health clinic that provides care for uninsured individuals in and around Athens, will present “Gunsmoke Gala – An Afternoon of Family Fun” on Saturday, March 24. The event will be held at Tucker Plantation in Colbert, Georgia from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The fundraiser will feature live music by “Duke & Dawn,” a country music duo and “Apostles of Bluegrass,” as well as cowboy games and activities for children of all ages, square dancing, a barbeque supper, live auction, door prizes, hayrides, and more.

Founded in 2001, Mercy Health Center is staffed almost exclusively by more than 150 volunteers. Located at 112 Park Avenue in Athens, the clinic is open in the evening every other Tuesday and every Thursday to see patients. On Wednesday mornings, the clinic treats patients with chronic conditions, and Wednesday evenings the clinic provides pharmacy refills to Mercy patients. In addition, limited dental services are provided on Fridays by appointment. Since the clinic’s inception, more than 1100 individuals from Athens and the surrounding areas have received care at Mercy.

The uninsured population Mercy serves includes the working poor, unemployed and/or disabled, and homeless. Many of its patients are Spanish-speaking immigrants, making the services of volunteer interpreters vital to its ministry as well as positioning the clinic with the unique opportunity of being the first health care provider that many of Mercy’s Hispanic patients have in the United States.

Funds raised from corporate and individual sponsorships, ticket sales and auction proceeds from the Gunsmoke Gala will go directly to Mercy Health Center to aide in its mission to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care for low-income uninsured residents in the Athens area.

“Mercy Health Clinic is an invaluable service to our community,” said Director Tracy Thompson. “We provide services to those who have no other option for medical care except the ER.”

Mercy Health Center’s board of directors operates as its governing body. Composed of medical professionals and community leaders, these volunteers help raise funds and awareness for the organization. According to Board President Paul Chambers, “Mercy is in need of community support, both monetary donations and volunteerism. The Gunsmoke Gala is an ideal opportunity to spend a fun afternoon with your family while supporting the humanitarian efforts this organization provides to area residents.”

Tickets for the March 24 event are $40 for adults and $20 for children (children under four years old are free). To purchase tickets for the Gunsmoke Gala benefiting Mercy Health Center, call Karen Schuller at 706.769.9988. Additional information about Mercy Health Center is available online at Mercy Health Center or by calling 706.425.9445.