Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching, putting people in the mood for gratitude. Care Ring, a community health organization dedicated to providing preventive health services for the uninsured, under-insured or those otherwise lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care, is leading the charge for giving back in Charlotte. The organization held its annual “Hope for Community Luncheon” On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, and will have its first ever “BEER BANDS & BBQ BASH” on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
The organization annually serves more than 6,000 people in Mecklenburg County and is a leader in collaborative efforts to improve community health. Care Ring typically holds two major fundraising events each year, the “Under the Big Top” Gala in the Spring, and their “Hope for Community” Luncheon in the Fall. At their October luncheon, the organization raised $122,500.00. With vendors and over 525 guests in attendance, including former patients, the organization shared the legacy of founder, Maribelle Connerat.
Connerat founded Care Ring as “Community Health Services” in 1955, and served as its executive director until 1988, when she passed away. “Connerat was born in Asheville in 1923 and graduated from the Women’s College (now UNC-G) in 1942 with a BS in Home Economics and went on to receive her master’s in Public Health Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.” (Source: WSOC, Oct. 27, 2005) Connerat’s compassion for the well-being of others started with one sponsor, The United Way, and one employee, but spurred the growth of Care Ring, which now serves more than 7,000 people in Mecklenburg County.
At the luncheon, guests watched an inspiring video of former patients detailing how Care Ring aided them in their time of need. Myrlene Mondesir found Care Ring’s Nurse-Family Partnership through the Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte, when she was preparing to become a mother for the first time. Mondesir is now a member of the advisory board and ambassador for the program. Sharon Powers is a cancer survivor and volunteer with Care Ring. She reached out to Care Ring for assistance when she was laid off from her job and her COBRA was nearing its end. The organization provided Powers with much needed medical services to “bridge the gap” for her, and she is now five years cancer free! Edi Cardoza-Lara, needed Care Ring’s help after learning he had diabetes while being treated after a near fatal car accident. Care Ring provided Cardoza-Lara with much needed care in managing his illness and improving his health.
To me, the word Care Ring means hope. It means health. It means life. It means so much to me.- Cardoza-Lara
Care Ring needs your help to continue the legacy of Maribelle Connerat, providing much needed health services to Mecklenburg County’s most vulnerable citizens. You can help by attending their “BEER BANDS & BBQ BASH” on Saturday. Tickets may be purchased here for $25.00. Or you can donate anytime by visiting Care Ring’s website. There is no better way to show your gratitude for what this amazing organization does in the community than by getting involved. Saturday’s event is a great option for an early evening date, or an evening out with friends.