More than 400 people gathered to learn about safety net clinics while sampling gourmet foods, sipping fine wines and gulping refreshing beer at "Spring Break 2010," Serotonin Surge Charities’ sixth annual fund-raiser for safety net medical care in the Sacramento region. Attendees at the event bid on eclectic auction items and enjoyed a fashion show that one world traveler proclaimed was better than any he had ever seen in Paris or Milan. "Spring Break" was held April 16 at the Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers, the event generated $325,000 in donations for a network of more than 20 recipient clinics. Beneficiaries included the UC Davis School of Medicine’s student-run community clinics, which host more than 125,000 clinic visits per year for patients who are medically uninsured or underinsured.
"In the midst of a depressed economy, the ability to surpass last year’s fundraising total by $30,000 can be explained only by a critical mass of concerned citizens refusing to let society turn its back on neighbors in need," said John Chuck.
The honored guest at the event was Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health, who was recognized for his longstanding and generous support of clinics and programs that create access to health care for the most vulnerable citizens. Event sponsors included the UC Davis Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Mercy/CHW, Epic Systems Corp., the Aetna Founda-tion, SAFE Credit Union, Mikuni, Kaneski Associates, Securitas, the Kaiser Permanente Asian Association, Sacramento Magazine, Bashore Design, Ellis & Ellis, Glenda Fox Photography, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento & Company/News10, and SmallBizWebsites.net. Food, wine and beer were donated by Arger-Martucci, the Astoria Wine Group, Chocolate Fountains Delite, Courtyard Marriott – Cal Expo, Dianda’s, Fiddlehead Cellars, Heringer Estates, Matteo’s, Mikuni, Pendroncelli, Seavey Vineyards, Senders Wines, Silver Oak Cellars, Spoto Wineries, Spoto Wines, Sudwerk, Supper Club, Whitehall Lane, and Yorba Wines. Fashion show clothing was provided by Patrick James, Serendipity Boutique and The Wardrobe.
Please visit www.serotoninsurge.org for event photos and more information about the numerous benefactors, patrons, VIPs, auction donors and planning team members whose generous contributions made "Spring Break" possible. Watch the website video titled "Health Care for All" or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how YOU can help provide health care for all members of our communities.
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