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Evening With Mercy benefit set for Nov. 20

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in Good life, Local News

Evening With Mercy benefit set for Nov. 20
LATRELL FOWLER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MERCY MEDICINE FREE CLINIC IN FRONT OF THE OFFICES AT 500 S. COIT STREET

Mark Walberg of Antiques Roadshow is coming back to his hometown to host the 2nd Annual Evening With Mercy on Friday, Nov. 20. This elegant evening will be held at the Palmetto Peddlers Antiques, 2295 Hoffmeyer Road, 7 to 11 p.m. It will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres by Bizzell’s, cocktails, a silent auction and entertainment by a live jazz band.

The variety of auction items includes original artwork, a father-child hunting trip, a week stay in a five-bedroom house in Georgetown, a men’s Belair Swiss Chronograf watch, as well as other fine gifts. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at Mercy Medicine or Palmetto Peddlers by Nov. 14. Dress is cocktail attire.

The event offers the opportunity to stroll, shop and dine while helping the uninsured homeless and working poor receive free medical and dental care, noted Latrell Fowler, executive director of Mercy Medicine.

Mercy Medicine Free Clinic is a Christian medical and dental clinic that treats adult patients from Florence and Williamsburg Counties. Patients apply for medical or dental care and can make Mercy their medical home for medications and ongoing medical treatments for problems like diabetes, blood pressure and chronic lung disease. “Patients frequently tell us, ‘I don’t know where I’d be without Mercy Medicine and your help with medication,’” Latrell said. The free clinic serves adult patients at or below the poverty level, which is $22,000 or less for one adult.

The clinic assists individuals who need a medical home through visits from volunteer doctors and dentists, in addition to a nurse practitioner on staff. Mrs. Fowler mentioned that one of their volunteer dentists, Dr. Eddie Parker, was recognized on Nov. 2 by the South Carolina Free Clinic Association as Hero of the Year for his work at Mercy. Mercy Medicine Free Clinic works in collaboration with local non-profit helping agencies, including Lighthouse Ministries, House of Hope of the Pee Dee and the Naomi Project, as well as McLeod Regional Medical Center.

Recently, Mercy helped two male residents at the House of Hope get diagnostic tests. One had surgery for cancer last week and the other man is receiving cancer treatment. Mercy is also involved in the First Friday event at Lighthouse Ministries where they frequently enroll new patients. She added that new patients are enrolled at Mercy every Monday morning.

Mercy Medicine is located at 500 S. Coit Street and open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This free clinic was established in 1994 at the Manna House. The initial doctors serving in the clinic were Dr. N. B. Baroody, Dr. Earl Jones, Dr. Myers Hicks, Dr. Harry S. Allen Jr. and Dr. James Owen. The Evening With Mercy is the largest fund raiser event for this non-profit free clinic.

It also depends on donations from individuals, local churches and The United Way. It receives no governmental assistance. Sponsorship level opportunities are also available for companies or individuals who want to assist the work of this clinic in a more substantial way. For more information about the clinic, call 843-667-9947 or mercymedicine.org.

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