NEWS & EVENTS
The TCMA Foundation had a historic year in fundraising. A grand total of $95,730 was raised to benefit community partners and projects of the Foundation. Grants were awarded to Hospice Austin, SAFE Place, St. Louise House, Partnerships for Children, Volunteer Healthcare Clinic, Casa Marianella and Austin Children's Shelter. Thank you to all of our SPONSORS!
On January 5th, members of the Travis County Medical Society and the Travis County Medical Alliance hosted members of the state legislative delegation from districts in our area. Senator Dawn Buckingham, MD, Ryan Alter from the office of Senator Kirk Watson, Representatives Paul Workman and Gina Hinojosa joined medical community members to discuss the upcoming legislative session at an informal gathering at the home of Dr. Cynthia & Tom Brinson.
The TCMA Kids Care Club's Bake Sale
was held at the Travis County Medical Society's Annual Auto Show and Family Social. The kids made their own baked goods and treats to support and benefit HeartGift. They raised close to $100 to donate to Dong Zhang, the current HeartGift recipient. The kids also colored pages and made colorful signs for his hospital room. HeartGift is a nonprofit organization that brings children from around the world for free surgery to correct lifethreatening congenital heart defects. Since its founding in 2000, HeartGift has treated more than 200 children from over 30 countries. Congrats to the Kids Care Club this year for making it such a big success and we look forward to many more fun events next year!
VOLUNTEER HEALTHCARE CLINIC
TCMA members came together at the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic recently to stuff backpacks with school supplies. In total, we put together and donated 43 backpacks. They will use these to give out at the VHC's Annual Healthy Kids Day over the summer to get children in need ready for school. Thanks to all the ladies for donating the school supplies!
ALL MED State Conference
Wendy Propst, Olguita Santiago, Ronsey Chawla, Christina Fenrich, Kathy Trizna, Sarah Butler, and Patty Loose attended ALLMED this year. It was a great time full of leadership, laughter, and fun! The TCMA won the Mary Ann Homer Legislative and Political Action Award! We were awarded $250 from the TMAA and received a certificate of honor signed by the TMAA president. Sarah and Ernest Butler were there to present their awards for excellence in science teaching.
On April 4th, a group of 9 ladies ditched their typical Tuesday and joined a Travis County Park Ranger for a private tour of Hamilton Pool Reserve. They enjoyed learning about the history of the area and about the flora and fauna that inhabit this unique piece of the Texas Hill Country that has become the hot spot for people from all over the world to visit.
ST. LOUISE HOUSE VOLUNTEERS
A group of 8 ladies gathered to cook a fresh, healthy meal for the residents of St. Louis House, a home for single mothers and children at risk of homelessness. Providing a meal enables the Mom's to focus on their children and basic needs for one evening. A much needed respite in their busy week.