TIPP CITY — The Rev. Sherman Bradley of New Life Covenant Church in Cincinnati will be the featured speaker at the Eighth annual Healing Jar Gala set for May 17. The live art auction serves as a major fundraiser supporting Health Partners Free Clinic, located in Troy.
The event will be hosted at the Cedar Springs Pavilion in Tipp City. The dinner and art auction provides funds for continued support for the sole free medical clinic having served Miami County for 17 years.
Bradley is a former U.S. Air Force officer and ordained minister. He has founded several programs in Cincinnati to benefit those lost in poverty, and a hopeless lifestyle.
For the third year, clinic leaders are joining with the Piqua Arts Council (PAC) in a cooperative effort to help those in need locally. PAC Executive Director Jordan Knepper said the council and artists believe in the services provided by Health Partners and embrace the collaboration.
Knepper has secured an artwork donation from Gary Hovey of New Knoxville. Hovey, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, designs one-of-a-kind realistic pieces by shaping knives, forks and spoons known internationally as “Hoveyware.”
Several local artists and others from throughout Ohio have agreed to donate items to the clinic for the event. Soon, detailed information about the artists and their work can be found on the Health Partners website at www.healthpartnersclinic.org.
Health Partners Executive Director Justin Coby said the response from area artists and those known throughout art circles has been tremendous. “They all have been given from the heart focusing on the true purpose of the clinic,” he said.
In 2016, the clinic treated 911 unduplicated patients, which equated into 3,406 physician appointments. Coby also noted the clinic provided some 2,393 patient lab/diagnostic tests; and 8,431 clinic-dispensed free prescriptions valued at nearly $1 million. Overall, the clinic provided $5.55 in medical services for every $1 spent.
According to Coby, a record-setting level of giving of more than $20,000 net in overall donations was raised last year, a 111 percent increase as compared to 2015.
Individual tickets are $80 each with a table of eight tickets being $550. For ticket information, contact the clinic at (937) 332-0894 Ext. 208, or by email at Justin@healthpartnersclinic.org.
The clinic website is www.healthpartnersclinic.org; and also can be found at www.facebook.com/healthpartnersfreeclinic.