Musicians to present a party for People’s Health Clinic
Tuesday night, should find a group of local music lovers at the Egyptian Theatre. They’ll gather there to see Motherlode Canyon Band, Mary Beth Maziarz and the Small House Quartet play a benefit concert for the People’s Health Clinic.
Park City Mayor and Motherlode Canyon Band guitarist Dana Williams said the idea for the concert came about when City Hall awarded its grants earlier this year.
"When we did our granting for the next year, we couldn’t give the People’s Health Clinic everything they wanted," said Williams.
He decided to offer a helping hand.
"I went to them and said we’ll put together a show," said Williams.
"This year we wanted to really involve the community, and we decided that it’d be fun to put on a show," said Shelley Weiss, the administrative director at the People’s Health Clinic.
The event will combine the jam-band-style of Motherlode with the folk-infused jazz of the Small House Quartet and the introspective piano-work of Maziarz. The show will also include some special guests and a bit of information about the People’s Health Clinic.
"It’s kind of a concert and variety show," Weiss said.
"What we wanted to do was put together a few hours of quality music that’s all Park City-homegrown," said Williams.
Tickets to the event are $20. All proceeds will benefit the clinic.
"We’re hoping this event helps to underwrite a large portion of our costs for the year," said Jane Campbell, the organization’s director of development.
"The money that we’re raising is for operational expenses," said Weiss.
"The People’s Health Clinic was started five years ago to respond to the need of the uninsured people in the community," Weiss said.
The organization provides two walk-in clinics each week, with family health clinics on Mondays and women’s and prenatal clinics on Wednesdays.
"We’ve found that there’s a lot of people who don’t have insurance," said Weiss, "and if they don’t get the care here, they have to go to an emergency room."
By then, she noted, the problems are almost always worse, and cost of care is higher, so ultimately, the clinics help improve the public health in the area while reducing the burden on the healthcare system.
"We’re hoping that people see the holistic picture of community health," she said.
According to Campbell, about 28 people visit the clinics each night they’re available. Most of the patients, she noted, simply work at jobs where healthcare is unavailable.
"Personally, I feel very strongly about what the People’s Health Clinic stands for," said Williams.
"I think the city itself certainly feels an obligation," he added. "It’s something that’s kind of on the shoulders of the community to support an organization like this."
"We’re really, really pleased that Dana offered to help do this and helped to set up the bands," said Campbell.
She said the clinic hopes to raise approximately $70,000 from the event. Weiss said the organization has a total yearly budget of about $250,000.
In the future, Weiss said the clinic hopes to build a facility of its own. The organization started in a mobile van and moved into its current space at 1200 Iron Horse Drive in June of 2004. And while the current space fulfills the clinic’s basic needs, a dedicated facility would best suit the organization.
"Our dream is to operate a stand-alone clinic that is designed to be a clinic," said Weiss.
In the meantime, however, Weiss said she hopes the public will come to the event and learn about the benefits of the health center and the resources available there.
At the same time, she also said the event is a "thank you," of sorts, to the community.
"We’re just enormously grateful to the community," said Weiss.
"I think anybody in town would like to come and see this show," said Campbell.
With a variety of local musicians and a spectrum of styles, the event will likely meet the needs of most music lovers, and in turn the attendees will help the People’s Health Clinic.
"Every dollar people give us," said Campbell, "really goes toward helping patients."
Tickets to the People’s Health Center show at the Egyptian Theatre are available from the Egypitan Theatre Company box office at 649-9371. For more information, visit http://www.peopleshealthclinic.org or call 615-7822.
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