FCH raises $9,000 at clinic benefit

FCH Executive Director Kenn Tilus, right, presents 5,000th patient recognition to Angie Norris at FCH Barn Party benefit auction Oct. 13.

FCH Executive Director Kenn Tilus, right, presents 5,000th patient recognition to Angie Norris at FCH Barn Party benefit auction Oct. 13.

About $9,000 was raised through a charity auction Oct. 13 for Faith Community Health (FCH).

“That amount will actually double to $18,000,” said Kenn Tilus, FCH executive director, “thanks to a matching grant from the Skaggs Legacy Foundation.” Tilus said the foundation provides funding for FCH medical services, which amounts to about $35 per patient visit. “For every dollar donated last year, FCH was able to provide more than $37 in clinic services, thanks to our relationship with Dispensary of Hope and our work with pharmaceutical manufacturers,” he said.

A highlight of the auction was the recognition of the 5,000th patient registered at FCH since the clinic opened in 2010.

FCH Board Chair Dr. Heather Burney addressed the impact of the FCH dispensary on health care for the disadvantaged, noting numerous patients are able to receive life-saving prescriptions at no charge. The dispensary will have more than 6,000 patient visits this year.

Tilus said the next fundraising event for the clinic will be a radiothon held Dec. 1 on KRZK radio, 106.3 FM, courtesy of Earls Family Broadcasting.