By Mark Ambrogi
The Trinity 500 fundraiser is fast approaching. Fast is the operative word since the event has Indy 500 motif.
The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise funds for the Trinity Free Clinic pediatric patients next year.The clinic, which serves all of Hamilton County, was established 15 years ago on the campus of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carmel. The Trinity Free Clinic is not affiliated with OLMC but is a separate nonprofit.
“We are racing to provide for the children in our community,” said Dina Ferchmin, executive director for Trinity Free Clinic.
The Trinity 500 fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on April 24at the Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion, 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel.
“We provide free medical and dental care for the low-income and uninsured residents of Hamilton County,” Ferchmin said. “It’s done with a staff of 500 active volunteers. We take care of about 4,000 patients a year and of those 20 percent are children. We provide all their immunizations. We’re basically the urgent care for the low-income children of Hamilton County. They come when they get sick. Our average patient comes from a family of four and makes $17,000 a year. If you are making $17,000 and your child gets strep throat, you can spend $100 to go to the minute clinic or you can buy groceries for the week. That’s why we exist.”
Ferchmin shared a story of a Hamilton County high school student who broke his hand, but parents couldn’t afford a hand surgeon so Trinity Free Clinic stepped in to help when notified by a school nurse.
The ticket cost for the fundraiser is $75 before April 15 and $85 after that date. The night includes catered dining, drinks, silent auction and live music featuring The Company Band.
Major sponsors included Wallington Asset Management, Riverview Hospital, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Financial Partners Group. Tickets are available at trinityfreeclinic.org/the-trinity-500.
Sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, Carmel Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Century 21 Scheetz, Chris & Doug Lowery, Dr. & Mrs Thomas Ciulla, DWA and associates Healthcare Communications Group, Financial Partners Group, Leaf Software Solutions Inc., Carmel mayor Jim Brainard, Mckesson Medical-Surgical, National Bank of Indianapolis, Riverview Hospital. Smith Family Dentistry, The Dobson Family (Jody & Daniel) and Wallington Asset Management