By Desiree Williams
Trinity Free Clinic will host its new fundraising gala, Taste, Sip and Savor, at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St. It will be an evening of casual dining and dancing.
All proceeds will benefit the clinic to provide free medical and dental care to uninsured or under-insured families in Hamilton County. The clinic runs on a staff of 12 with help from more than 400 volunteers.
“For people to be able to work and feed their families and go to school, they have to first and foremost be healthy,” said Dina Ferchmin, executive director of the clinic. “That’s what we provide for them.”
Over the past four years, the clinic introduced a new theme at each fundraising gala, but this event is a drastic change.
“A lot of people have been to events that are sit-down dinners with a presentation, and we thought, ‘how can we make this more exciting and fun for our patrons and guests,’” said Denise Boehnlein, event chair. “So, we were kind of brainstorming ideas and thought this was something new that a lot of charities are doing and we wanted to give it a try.”
To embrace the theme, Boehnlein said the dress is “jeans and bling.” The gala will feature unlimited tastings with open seating inside and outside. Guests will be able to choose from more than 14 vendors including breweries, wineries and distilleries.
Guests can also participate in a silent auction, jewelry raffle, wine pull and restaurant gift card pull while enjoying music from The Company Band.
Ferchmin hopes to raise $100,000, which will fund 100 clinic days.
General admission tickets are $75, which includes unlimited tastings and two drink tickets for the cash bar. For $100, guests can purchase VIP tickets for early admission to chat with other VIPs and be first in line for tastings.
To learn more and purchase tickets, visit trinityfreeclinic.org/taste.