Cherry Hill Free Clinic to hold inaugural fundraising gala

Volunteers and local officials cut a ribbon at the Cherry Hill Free Clinic during its 2017 grand opening.

A free clinic that serves local people in need will hold its first fundraising gala next week. The goal is to help even more people who are unable to afford health care.

The Cherry Hill Free Clinic will host its first annual “Give Thanks Gala” on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wyndham — Mount Laurel. The evening, which is black-tie-optional, will include dinner, a silent auction and a few surprises.

Funds raised by the Gala will help the clinic expand its capacity to serve more patients. The clinic provides free, high-quality primary care, with access to lab services, radiology and specialists.

Founded almost three years ago by Dr. Jubril Oyeyemi, a primary-care physician with Virtua Health, the clinic is staffed by board-certified clinicians from the region’s top health systems and private practices. Oyeyemi and his colleagues volunteer their time at the weekend-only clinic.

“I’m grateful for our community partners, hospital partners and physicians who all lend time to help me see patients on Saturdays and Sundays,” Oyeyemi said. “This year alone, our volunteer doctors have seen nearly 1,000 patients, and we continue to deliver on our mission — providing high-quality, free health care, and improving the health of the communities we serve.”

The Cherry Hill Free Clinic (CHFC) was founded on the belief that good health can be accessible to all people. Its patients are often those who have fallen through the cracks of the conventional healthcare system. CHFC’s aim is to get them healthy and anchored to primary care, Oyeyemi said.

With its unique model, CHFC has quickly grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the area.

To purchase Gala tickets, please visit https://give-thanks-gala.eventbrite.com/?aff=JubrilOyeyemi. For questions about the gala, please email gala organizer and CHFC Board Member Suzanne Ghee at Suzanne@cherryhillfreeclinic.org

To learn more about CHFC, please visit www.cherryhillfreeclinic.org or call (856) 281–3032