Because 2017 is an odd-numbered year, by tradition the Junior Board Medicine Ball — the signature annual fundraising event of the Junior Board of Christiana Care — will be a virtual event. In lieu of the formal gala that happens in even-numbered years, this year members of the community are invited to make a tax-deductible donation to support Christiana Care’s successful Blood Pressure Ambassadors community outreach program.
“We are grateful to the Junior Board of Christiana Care for selecting the Blood Pressure Ambassadors program as the recipient of this year’s Medicine Ball,” said Ray Blackwell, M.D., associate chief of cardiac surgery at Christiana Care. “Philanthropy provides training, equipment and educational materials for our volunteer ambassadors, many of whom live and work in these medically underserved neighborhoods, to effect meaningful change.”
Christiana Care Blood Pressure Ambassadors bring screenings and health education directly to people who otherwise would have little access to preventive care. Blood Pressure Ambassadors are volunteers, trained and supported by Christiana Care Health System’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health. Their work is an integral part of Christiana Care’s ongoing partnership with underserved populations in the community, including St. Patrick’s Center, which serves senior citizens and homeless people in the heart of the city.
“The Junior Board is delighted to build on our 20 years of supporting Christiana Care’s innovative programs through the Medicine Ball,” said Georgianna Riley, president of the not-for-profit Junior Board of Christiana Care, which supports Christiana Care’s mission. “The Blood Pressure Ambassadors are actively helping our neighbors achieve optimal health by extending the hospital’s reach into the community with the help of its dedicated and dynamic volunteers.”
To make a gift to the 2017 Junior Board Medicine Ball in support of the Blood Pressure Ambassadors, visit http://events.christianacare.org/medicineball or mail a check made payable to the Junior Board of Christiana Care to: The Junior Board of Christiana Care Inc., The 2017 Medicine Ball, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dougherty at @Elizabeth.Dougherty@ChristianaCare.org or 302-327-3364.