By: Chuck Curry, Neighborhood Health Clinic volunteer
It was an evening of bright lights, food and a festive atmosphere at the 11th annual Block Party hosted by the Neighborhood Health Clinic. More than 450 guests and volunteers were in attendance February 15, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria – Naples to raise funds for the non-profit clinic and to honor two visionary benefactors, Vince and Pat Foglia.
In the end, it will be the working needy of Collier County who will benefit from over $600,000, the largest amount the event has raised.
Bidding paddles sprang up as guests competed for prize experiences which included Truluck’s dinner for ten at the winning bidder’s home, “Fighter Pilot for a Day”, a New York Shopping Extravaganza, and a Final Four Basketball Championship weekend package in Dallas, to name but a few.
The Guild for the Neighborhood Health Clinic, which serves as ambassadors raising friends and funds to support patient services, donated an elegant gift basket with a variety of prizes including spa treatments, restaurant packages and wine which generated very enthusiastic bidding.
Honored at the Block Party were Vince and Pat Foglia, longtime benefactors to the clinic. Dr. George Ferguson, chairman of the clinic’s board of directors, noted that the Foglias are the “guardian angels” of the clinic and its patients.
Mr. Foglia encouraged the hundreds gathered in the ballroom to remember that the clinic’s patients are employed in the community and it is the clinic’s helping hand that brings them quality medical and dental care. While the patients are employed, they have no access to insurance coverage and don’t qualify for government medical programs. More than 350 doctors, dentists and nurses provide medical services through the clinic.
“I want to personally thank our presenting sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Vince Foglia and the unwavering support of our community. This year’s Block Party was another year of tremendous success,” according to Susan Jones, RN, long-time clinic volunteer nurse and Block Party chair for eight years.
Mr. Foglia’s words were taken to heart as the guests then contributed an additional $256,000 in response to the Save-A-Life appeal. Such private philanthropy is especially critical since the Clinic does not accept government funding from any source.
The Neighborhood Health Clinic offers medical services including a pharmacy medication room and dental care to workers across Collier County who earn less than $22,980 annually. It is estimated there are more than 40,000 such local workers who qualify. A recent independent audit revealed that 92 cents of each dollar donated to the clinic is spent on patient services.
The organization has recently received Charity Navigator’s highest ranking as one of the best, most-efficient non-profit agencies in the country.