More than 450 people came out to support Casa de Salud during the annual "¡Zocaloca!" gala Nov. 8 at Busch Student Center. The sold-out crowd raised nearly $400,000 for the community health clinic that Saint Louis University helped establish.
"The event bought the whole community together to support and celebrate the success of Casa de Salud," said Casa chairman and founder Bob Fox, who is also a member of SLU's Board of Trustees.
President Emeritus of SLU Lawrence Biondi, S.J., offered the invocation for the evening. Mark Wrighton, the chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, and his wife, Risa Zwerling Wrighton, served as the event's honorary co-chairs.
During the gala, Francis G. Slay, mayor of the City of St. Louis, and Charles Dooley, county executive for St. Louis County, received Casa's 2013 Visionary Awards. Dwayne Butler, CEO of Peoples' Health Centers, was recognized with the 2013 Community Champions award.
KMOX Radio personality Charlie Brennan emceed a live auction. The event also featured music and dance performances, as well as an exhibit of Latin American artisanal handicrafts, jewelry and gifts.
Casa de Salud (House of Health) is a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost, episodic care for patients with little or no health insurance and who suffer non-acute injuries and illnesses. Casa de Salud assists patients in connecting with existing health care providers and advocates for them in their ongoing care. For more information, call 314-762-1251 or visit CasadeSaludstl.org.
View the video below to learn more about the services Casa de Salud provides and the University's inclusive approach to serving the community.