Neighborhood Healthcare raises $300,000 fundraising gala


TEMECULA – Neighborhood Healthcare, a regional federally qualified health center providing a wide range of medical, dental and behavioral health services, raised more than $300,000 Saturday, Sept. 26, at a virtual fundraising gala.

“We’re grateful for the support we received from so many organizations and generous individuals,” Dr. Rakesh Patel, CEO of Neighborhood Healthcare, which has an office in Temecula at 41840 Enterprise Circle N, said. “This event exceeded all expectations and demonstrated how communities could rally around each other in these unprecedented times. Now more than ever, our mission to provide quality, comprehensive, compassionate care to everyone regardless of circumstances is greatly needed.”

The Speakeasy Soiree Watch Party took place on Zoom and YouTube. Gala events included music, an online auction, messages from those that Neighborhood Healthcare has helped and the opportunity to honor one of its board members, Elmer Cameron, longtime Escondido resident and former Escondido city council.

The funds raised through the activities and donations will expand Neighborhood Healthcare’s services throughout Riverside and San Diego counties. These include behavioral health, dental care, women’s health, podiatry, pharmacy, vision, prenatal and other services in addition to primary care. The organization also offers patients assistance to enroll in Medi-Cal, Covered California, CalFresh food assistance and social services.

“We offer a range of programs and resources that address many of the barriers our patients face on their road to health and happiness,” Tina Pope, director of philanthropy and patient experience for Neighborhood Healthcare, said. “The support we received this past weekend from so many individuals and organizations will help us continue to bring positive change to our communities; change you can see firsthand in the smiles of the patients we serve.”

Neighborhood Healthcare provides quality, compassionate, whole-person care to everyone, regardless of their circumstance, throughout San Diego and Riverside counties.

Submitted by Neighborhood Healthcare.