The Wheeler Clinic held its 35th annual golf tournament Sept. 16 at the Country Club of Farmington, hosting 75 golfers and raising $45,000 for Wheeler’s basic needs fund and patients at its community health centers.
“In the middle of this pandemic – and an opioid crisis that is only increasing as people are isolated and cut off from supports, employment and a normal world – we are seeing an unprecedented need for our services,” said Sabrina Trocchi, president and chief executive officer of Wheeler. “Without our donors and supporters, we cannot meet these community needs. We are so grateful to our sponsors, golfers, friends and volunteers whose support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve.”
Wheeler’s basic needs fund helps its patients’ stabilize their lives by controlling exterior factors that may interfere with their health. It also allows Wheeler to provide patients with basic resources such as food, transportation, clothing, shelter, medications or other items or activities that cannot be accessed through a patient's own resources and/or community-based programs.
“This year, proceeds from our event support our Basic Needs Fund, which addresses the needs of our community health center patients, from food and transportation, to child care, housing and more,” Trocchi said. “By helping to address factors that interfere with patients’ health and well-being – in ways not addressed by other means of funding – we are helping to further improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.”
Wheeler has now raised more than $1.2 million through this event since 1986.