On Dec. 4, the Free Clinic of the New River Valley (FCNRV) hosted its 4th annual Health, Healing and Hope fundraising event. The event was held at the Inn at Virginia Tech with a reception, dinner and inspirational patient messages. WSLS Anchor and Reporter Dawn Jefferies served as the evening’s hostess. Over 170 people were in attendance and generously gave over $85,000 to benefit the clinics in Christiansburg and Pearisburg and its central services.
The Free Clinic is undergoing a business model change following award of a designation as a Community Health Center by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This conversion will allow the Clinic to continue to serve as a medical home for underserved people while expanding services to the insured individual.
“Even with our new designation as a Community Health Center, as a non-profit we will continue to rely on charitable donations to help provide care,” says Brauns. “Private contributions will be placed into our Health, Healing and Hope Charity Care Fund where our charity care will go to help those individuals with documented need, just as they did when we were a Free Clinic.”
The following businesses were instrumental sponsors of the Free Clinic’s event: Annie Kay’s Main Street Market; The Bank Food and Drink; Best Wishes Flowers and Gifts; Blacksburg Country Club; Blacksburg Montessori School; Carilion Clinic; Celco Federal Credit Union; The Creekmore Law Firm PC; Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine; Forsyth-Stephens Consulting, LLC; Gourmet Pantry; Home Depot; The Inn at Virginia Tech; LewisGale Hospital-Montgomery; Meredith’s Salon; Ponnie’s Boutique and Gifts; Virginia Tech River Course; Wes and Amy Westmoreland, and The Willard Companies.
The new mission of the Free Clinic of the New River Valley is to provide affordable and high quality medical, dental, behavioral and preventive health services to people of all ages and circumstances, regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. For more information about the Free Clinic call 540-381-0820, or visit http://www.nrvfreeclinic.org.