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Island Health & Wellness to Host Inaugural ‘Masquerade at the Beach’ Fundraiser

Island Health & Wellness to Host Inaugural ‘Masquerade at the Beach’ (Submitted artwork)

Island Health & Wellness will host its first fundraising gala from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Feb. 11, 2023, at ZoZo’s at Caneel Bay to raise money to help the clinic continue to provide quality, compassionate and affordable healthcare to the St. John community. Island Health & Wellness is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides medical services to uninsured and under-insured adults and children on St. John.

Attendees will don masks for the masquerade-themed gala, and will enjoy an evening of gourmet ZoZo’s food, drinks and merriment with a three-course chef’s dinner, signature cocktails, and a full bar at ZoZo’s at Caneel Bay, followed by dancing underneath the stars at Caneel Bay Beach.

Ticket sales are open now with a limited number of tickets available for this intimate and special event. Island Health & Wellness encourages individuals to purchase tickets early. VIP tickets feature a cocktail sunset sail aboard St. John’s famous Kekoa sailing catamaran before arriving at the ZoZo’s dock in style. Upon arrival, VIP ticket holders will join the rest of the gala guests.

Tickets can be purchased at www.islandhealthgala.com. General admission tickets are $350, VIP tickets are $500 and tables of eight are available for purchase to allow attendees the option to host a table/seating together for their group. All tickets and donations are 100% tax deductible.

This important fundraising event will help Island Health & Wellness bridge the gap between what it costs to medically serve the St. John community and what patients actually pay. The clinic opened its doors in 2017 and has provided over 9,000 appointments since then.  The cost to patients is a set fee of $50 per visit; however, no care seeker is turned away or denied services due to inability to pay.  Island Health & Wellness subsidizes $400 on average for each appointment and provides over 2,000 visits per year.

In addition to covering the cost of medical visits, patient labs and other services to the community, this year’s proceeds will also go towards the expansion and renovation project currently underway at the clinic, enabling the clinic to increase the capacity of service within the community.

“Since opening, Island Health has grown to see more patients for a larger variety of services,” said Sandy Atwood, Island Health & Wellness founder and president. “We are excited to expand our physical space and continue to meet the needs of our community.”

On Feb. 1, 2023, Island Health & Wellness will launch an accompanying online auction as part of the fundraising efforts. The auction will feature a range of impressive travel packages, coveted concert tickets and unique experiences and products generously donated to help raise funds. The organization is actively seeking items for the online auction. Businesses and individuals who would like to donate items to the silent auction are encouraged to do so by visiting www.islandhealthgala.com or reaching out directly.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit www.islandhealthgala.com.  For more information, visit www.islandhealthcenter.org or contact Lauren Fogarty at lauren@islandhealthcenter.org

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