May 3, 2002

Community Residents and Business Honored at 4th Annual Escondido Community Health Center Pace Maker Awards, May 4

Four community residents and one corporation will be recognized for their volunteerism, patronage and support during Escondido Community Health Center’s 4th annual Pace Maker Awards Dinner and Endowment Auction, “Return to the Caribbean,” May 4 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

“We couldn’t provide the high level and quality of healthcare to our clients, without the continued volunteerism provided by people like our Pace Maker award winners. They represent just a small percent of the dozens of people from our local community who give of their time and talents to help us further our mission of serving those most in need,” says Tracy Ream, Executive Director of Escondido Community Health Center. The healthcare organization provides over 90,000 patient visits per year at its six clinic locations in Escondido, Pauma Valley and Riverside.

This year’s Pace Maker award recipients include:

 Dr. Oliver Thomas, founder and longtime board member of ECHC;

 Pfizer Pharmaceutical Corporation for its ongoing financial support of the Center and “Sharing The Care,” a Pfizer drug distribution program designed to benefit the underserved community;

 Wendell Smith, M.D., a Pauma Valley resident and member of the Pauma County Club, for his work in helping to establish the Mountain Valley Health Center;

 Margaret Estrada, for her years of volunteer work as a ECHC board member and long-time supporter of community library services;

 Mary Porter and Angela Loren, members of the Rancho Springs Auxiliary and volunteers at the Temecula Family Health Center.

Lori Holt Pfeiler, Mayor of Escondido will serve as awards presenter for the evening that will feature a Caribbean theme with exotic cuisine and entertainment. Proceeds from the live auction featuring artwork of local artists including Bill Kasper and Sally Jordan, and silent auction items ranging from fine wine to use of a luxury condo in Orlando, FL will benefit ECHC’s endowment fund that provides health care for those most in need.

Since 1978, the Escondido Community health Center has provided quality health care and wellness promotion to all members of the community, focusing on those most in need. The Pace Maker Awards was created in 1998 to provide recognition to those community members who give tirelessly of their time and talents to help ECHC.

For tickets to “Return of the Caribbean,” or for more information about ECHC contact 760-888-2268.

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