Event Details: 7 p.m. April 9, Il Monastero 3050 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103.
|Patrons at the auction will have the opportunity to bid on numerous items including a puppy, Cardinals tickets and a stay at a condo in California.|
ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis University medical school students who volunteer their Saturday mornings providing free medical care at the Health Resource Center, will host an auction on Saturday, April 9. All proceeds go directly to the clinic's operating budget, allowing students to continue providing care to the underserved and uninsured populations in north St. Louis.
The auction will begin at 7 p.m. at Il Monastero, 3050 Olive St., on Saint Louis University's campus. Patrons will have the opportunity to bid on items including a stay at a condo in California, tickets to the Indy 500, Cardinals tickets, a puppy and much more.
General admission tickets are $55. VIP tables for eight are $520 and include VIP seating at the live auction and personal service of dinner and drinks to your table. Tickets can be purchased here.
Those interested in donating auction items should contact Emily Mills at HRCauction@gmail.com by Friday, April 1.
The annual auction is the only large fundraiser benefiting the Health Resource Center and is the main source of operational funds for the clinic. Last year's auction raised more than $26,000, providing the majority of the clinic's operating budget.
The Health Resource Center opened in 1994 as a partnership between medical school students and the BREM Catholic Social Ministry, a community-based service agency in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. One of only a handful of student-run health clinics in the United States, the Health Resource Center combines the talents of students and faculty to offer primary care services to one of the poorest sections of St. Louis.
"I think the clinic brings a certain reality to students by giving them a full picture of the health disparities that exist in St. Louis," said Ashley Haegele, a second year medical student and volunteer coordinator for the Health Resource Center.
While the clinic offers a clear benefit to the community, it also benefits the students. For many, the clinic is their first introduction to real clinical work.
Students in their first two years at Saint Louis University School of Medicine generally take patient histories and check vital signs. Third or fourth year medical students conduct physical exams and a volunteer faculty member at the clinic during reviews cases, answers questions and prescribes medications.
"First and foremost, it's all about providing the best patient care," Haegele said. "It's easy to take our health for granted, but for families struggling financially, the Health Resource Center is a real necessity."
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease and heart/lung disease.