An Event to Raise Funds to Support the Weill Cornell Community Clinic
Our benefit’s theme is inspired by our patients, whose stories of determination and resilience in the face of being uninsured continue to move us. Proceeds from this benefit will not only support the clinic, but also help us raise awareness about the issues faced by our city’s underserved.
This year's event will take place at Midtown Loft & Terrace on Friday March 13 at 8PM. Come enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and music while perusing a silent auction with local emerging artists who were inspired by the themes and stories emerging from our clinic.
The WCCC is a student-run clinic based at Weill Cornell Medical College that provides high-quality, accessible and coordinated medical, psychiatric and women’s services to uninsured adults throughout New York City. Our goal is to extend healthcare access to underserved populations, while also encouraging the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy among our students, faculty, and staff.
We provide our patients with preventive care, age-appropriate screening, and referrals to specialty and mental health services. All of these are provided at low or no cost to our patients, who make less than 400% of the federal poverty limit. We also provide insurance and social work screening to ensure that all patient needs are met.
We currently hold our medicine and psychiatry clinics once a week, and women’s health clinic every 2 weeks. Last year we had approximately 400 patient visits to the WCCC. In the coming year, we hope both to increase the number of patients we serve and to continue expanding the number of services we can provide to our patients. In order to meet these goals, however, we must raise more funds.
Our annual operating costs are approximately $250,000. While most of these are covered by in-kind donations – time donated by our wonderful physician volunteers, clinic space loaned to us by Cornell Internal Medicine Associates, and negotiated rates for in-network referrals – our effective annual operating costs are upwards of $50,000.
In 2015, we are focusing on improving the quality of follow-up care for our patients, as well as setting up efficient transitions to insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We are also doing quality improvement of our infrastructure and evaluating our cost effectiveness. We hope that, like us, you believe that all people deserve access to healthcare, that a person’s income should not determine the quality of their health, and that no one should have to wait to go to the doctor because they are unable to pay.
If you would simply like to donate to the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, please follow this link. All donations are fully tax-deductible.
We warmly thank the many artists whose generous contributions make our art auction possible. Preview the art to be auctioned here.
We thank Dr. Pamela Charney, Clara Cullen-Sharp, Anthony Zacchino, and members of the WCCC Event Board, whose outstanding generosity helped initiate and organize a successful "Without a Safety Net" fundraiser.
Event Board: Board members: Ajia Maximillian, Dr. Anthony Rossi, Laura Montealegre, Dino Xenos, Kate McCoubrey, Evelyn Tong, Sharon Casola, Gabrielle Paladino, AJ Davis, Philip Lang
We thank the following sponsors for their generous contribution to our event:
Drinks: Columbia Wine Co., Dr. Wine, Industry City Distillery Vodka, Lagunitas, Total Beverage Solutions,
Food: Carmine's, Chericakes, Costco, Food Emporium, Insomnia Cookies, Petaluma, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Whole Foods,
Special thanks to Johnson&Johnson, DJ Phil, Xiao Peng, Bronx Brewery, Barry's Bootcamp, People Magazine, NBA, and Birchbox
Last year the clinic organized an online fundraiser coupled with a volunteer appreciation event. The funds we raised helped provide our patients with the tests, medication, and care they need.
Our second themed fundraiser took place in 2013. Scroll through the photos on the right for a taste of what 2015 holds.
All of your kind donations, both large and small, helped us exceed our fundraising goal. On behalf of our patients and volunteers, please accept our sincere gratitude!