Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fayette Care Clinic's Dancing with the Stars a Success

Recently, Fayette Care Clinic hosted its 4th annual fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars, at Glendalough Manor in Tyrone. The 172 “stars,” including community leaders, and supporters of the clinic, enjoyed a night of dining, dancing, and auction prizes donated by generous sponsors. The evening was a great success raising $30,000 for the clinic.

Glendalough Manor, as they have for four years, donated the food, drinks, and elegant rooms for the evening. A raffle was held for a stunning sapphire necklace donated by The Queen’s Jewels. Among the items auctioned were a heated massage bed from Relax the Back, vacations in Destin, Costa Rica, and Georgia mountains, a night at the Ritz Carlton, a dinner party prepared by Call Me Your Chef. There was also a silent auction.

Since 2005 Fayette Care Clinic has provided health and dental care, vision care, education, prevention and limited referrals to uninsured and working poor residents in Fayette County. These patients do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, and have a maximum household income of 200% above the federal poverty guideline. By most recent census, nearly 18% of Fayette county residents meet these criteria. Currently, the clinic serves 40 medical and 12 dental patients weekly. All health care providers, technical assistants, and reception staff are volunteers.

Fayette Care Clinic has partnered with Piedmont Fayette Community Hospital, OutPatient Imaging, and Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. Even so, new patients have a 2-3 week wait for a first appointment, and 12 months for new dental patients.

Appointment waiting times are increasing as the economic downturn continues and more residents join the ranks of the uninsured. Doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses, dentists, and dental assistants are needed. Contributions are being sought as Fayette Care Clinic attempts the necessary expansion to serve the growing needs in our community.

For more information on the Fayette Care Clinic, visit their website at, or call the office, 770-487-4778.
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