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The annual Caring Ball is an opportunity for community members to come together for an elegant evening of dining, dancing and supporting a worthwhile cause. The 26th annual fundraiser for the Temple Community Clinic will take place Saturday, Feb. 8.

Friends of the Temple Community Clinic will host the 24th annual Caring Ball Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. The Caring Ball is the primary fundraiser for the Temple Community Clinic, and benefits the clinic’s mission of being a resource for wellness, education and health services to qualified residents of Bell County.

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For 25 years, the Temple Community Clinic has been providing a variety of services to the people of Bell County who struggled to find affordable healthcare. The work done at the clinic would not be possible without the effort of hundreds of volunteers and generous donors.

The clinic’s major fundraiser is the annual Caring Ball. Friends of the Temple Community Clinic will host the 23rd annual Caring Ball Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center.

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Temple Community Clinic is first and foremost a provider for health care to the uninsured. Another vital role of the clinic is the experience it offers to those who have chosen to pursue a career in health care.

Dr. Cathleen Rivera, Temple Community Clinic board member and instructor in the student clinic, has been involved in the community clinic for five years.

“The residents do a rotation with the medical students and me,” Rivera, Scott & White internist, said. “We work together so they get the experience out here.”

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Temple Community Clinic went into operation in 1992 and for 21 of those years the Caring Ball has served as its major source of funding.

This year’s Caring Ball will be Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center beginning with a special wine tasting event 6-7 p.m. The silent auction will be open 6:30-10 p.m.