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Virginia Garcia and REX HILL to Co-Host the 6th Annual Grape Adventure (Photo) - 06/29/18

[NEWBERG, OR]: The 6th annual Grape Adventure is coming up quickly and both the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation and REX HILL are busy preparing for another great event Saturday, June 30th.

This year marks the 6th anniversary of the event co-hosted by Virginia Garcia and REX HILL. In past years, this event offered hosted wine tours of vineyards located in Washington and Yamhill counties, ending with a Garden Party at REX HILL. The event, which was held during the day, often experienced high temperatures so this year they decided to switch things up a bit. "We got the idea last year as we were cleaning up after the event," said Serena Cruz, Executive Director of the Foundation. "The sun was setting behind the hills and the garden area was covered in this wonderful, cool, shade. We looked at each other and said, ‘We should have started the party now!’." The decision was made to eliminate the big bus wine tours and host an evening event under the stars. "We are really excited to try this new approach," continues Cruz. "We are offering a farm-to-table dinner served family style. Guests will also be able to bid on some exciting silent auction items while sipping fantastic wines from REX HILL, Ponzi and Vincent Wine."

The Grape Adventure raises funds each year for its outreach program. This year, the focus of the event is to raise money for the new medical/dental outreach van. More than 20 years ago, the used medical/dental van was purchased to stay true to the mission – to take health care services to the most vulnerable community members who lack transportation, insurance and access to care. Replacing the van has been a mission for some time now, but fate has accelerated this process. The van was totaled in an accident that occurred a few weeks ago, forcing Virginia Garcia to perform medical exams at camps in tents with privacy dividers. The new mobile clinic, will be outfitted with the latest technology and an efficient design and has an anticipated cost of $357,000. The money raised at Grape Adventure will go directly to funding a new medical/dental van, in hopes of get a working van out and rolling by the 2019 outreach season.

The mobile clinic will allow Virginia Garcia to not only expand services but also to expand their patient base. Virginia Garcia plans to take the new mobile clinic to migrant camps, commercial nurseries and schools. With the new mobile clinic, even more sites will be able to be visited, providing more extensive services such as dental exams and well-child check-ups for kids. Virginia Garcia is expected to serve thousands of patients over the next 20 years – complimenting the services that are already provide to 45,000 patients – by bringing care directly to where vulnerable populations are located.

The 2018 Grape Adventure Under the Stars is also strongly supported in the community, garnering financial and event support from companies and organizations such as Rex Hill, McDonald Zaring Insurance, Far West Recycling, Bob’s Red Mill and Jackson Family Wines.

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Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center provides high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care with a special emphasis on those with barriers to receiving health care. Since its founding 43 years ago, Virginia Garcia has grown from a single, grassroots clinic into a full service health care home serving Washington and Yamhill Counties. Today, Virginia Garcia employs over 600 people, has a budget of more than $67 million, and serves over 45,000 patients at five primary care clinics, five dental clinics, a women's clinic, six school-based health centers and a mobile outreach clinic.

Visit www.virginiagarcia.org for more information on the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Foundation.

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