Fundraiser for health center offers ‘good clean fun,’ food and music

An evening of family-friendly comedy, food and music is in store for patrons planning to attend a fundraiser later this month for the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center.

And it’s being organized by the Young Ambassadors, who are sophomores, juniors and seniors from area high schools.

“Hey Nunnie Nunnie and Elvis” will be held on March 27 at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets are $30 per person and are available by calling Barb Steitz, Young Ambassadors Committee chairperson; at the health center at (740) 283-2856; or from any Young Ambassador.

“This is going to be a great evening of hilarious and entertaining music – just good, clean fun and lots of laughs,” said Steitz.

The Young Ambassadors Committee also includes advisers Jaye Hockenberry, Anne Misselwitz, Rick Patterson and Mary Lou Jones.

The Young Ambassadors themselves, meanwhile, are Miranda Parkinson, Malieka Guerrara, Katherine Moore, Jessica Eckersberg, Ashlee Taylor, Chelsie Kindsvatter, Amber Bennett, Chelsea Jenkins, Mike Freshwater, Jocelyn Wolpert and LaShauna Wilson.

The center opened its doors at 701 N. Fourth St. in Steubenville on March 13, 2006, and serves the area’s uninsured and under insured. It has provided care for more than 10,000 patients.

In February, the health center has moved on a temporary interim basis to the Ross Park Professional Building at Trinity Medical Center East.

The decision came after an emergency board meeting to decide on a course of action after the office ceiling collapsed and water damaged ensued.

In regards to the center’s need for funds, Ann Quillen, health center executive director, said, “Our arrangement with Trinity is a temporary fix for an emergency situation. We are very grateful for this transitional space.

“We have heard many rumors about the clinic, such as, ‘We are closing the doors permanently’ to ‘We are now the Trinity Free Clinic’ to ‘We won’t need as much funding since Trinity is taking care of us now.’ All of those remarks are not true,” Quillen said.

“The truth of the matter is that on Fourth Street our overhead costs were only 4 percent of our operating budget. That’s very low,” Quillen said. “The remaining funds went to programming and to staffing that is not covered under grant funding. Moving to the Trinity space is definitely helpful, but it does not impact our operating budget significantly,” she said.

“We need our funding support to remain steady and strong to maintain the programming we have in place. And as we move forward this next year, with plans to build and move into our permanent location, funding becomes even more important,” Quillen said.

“Our community has been faithful to the mission of the health center, and we are so grateful,” Quillen said.

Steitz said the Young Ambassador Program is “a great opportunity for the young people in our community to learn the importance of philanthropy and to gain valuable fundraising skills.” In addition, the juniors and seniors compete for college scholarship money prizes. The sophomores compete for a Visa gift card, according to Steitz.

The Young Ambassadors also assist the health center in its upcoming annual gala. This year’s event will be held April 27 at St. Florian Hall.