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Fall fundraiser to benefit new wellness center

In partnership with Nike, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation will hold its annual fall fundraiser, ¡Prospera! on Sept. 17 at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus. 

¡Prospera! will raise money for the new Beaverton Wellness Center and includes local entertainment, live auction, an opportunity to win a trip to Peru or a private flight to the Ashland Shakespeare festival, dinner and dancing.

The event is named ¡Prospera! because it means prosperous, successful, fortunate and fair.

The new center is located across Southwest Jenkins Road from the existing clinic in the Cedar Hills Crossing shopping area. It will be housed on the top floor of a two-story building.

The existing 12,000-square-foot clinic will be replaced with a 36,000-square-foot wellness center. The new site will allow Virginia Garcia to serve at least 6,000 additional medical patients — as many as 18,000 in the next five years. The Wellness Center is expected to offer an array of services, including primary care, dental, clinical pharmacy, behavioral health and health promotion services.

The name change from Beaverton Clinic to Beaverton Wellness Center marks the addition of wellness programs, such as Zumba, parenting classes, diabetes education and more. In addition, Virginia Garcia is planning clinical training facilities for Pacific University health professions students and a partnership with Women’s Healthcare Association for obstetrics.

The Beaverton Wellness Center continues a tradition started more than 40 years ago with founders who saw a profound need to help the most vulnerable population after the death of 6-year-old Virginia Garcia from a simple infected cut to her foot.

For more information, visit virginiagarcia.org/.