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Health center raises money for children's dental care

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TUCSON – El Rio Community Health Center focused its annual fundraiser on children’s emergency dental care.

The health care provider hosted the Bow Tie Block Party Saturday night. Dalice Shepard was the chair of the event.

“To be able to give access to emergency dental to children in pain,” Shepard said, “who really need the help, whose parents may not have insurance, this is a great way for us to give back.”

The event was organized by the El Rio Vecinos, a group of young professionals dedicated to helping El Rio’s mission.

Ryan Maese was the party’s co-chair.

“It takes a big partner like El Rio,” Maese said, “what they do here in our community and really fill the gap that would not be served otherwise.”

Marisol Flores-Aguirre is part of the Vecinos. She also takes her children to El Rio for their pediatric and dental care.

“The doctors, the staff, they tend to be very attentive,” Flores-Aguirre said. “They're very accessible. They really care about their patients, and the quality of care is excellent.”

Much of El Rio’s mission focuses on the uninsured and under-insured, but Flores-Aguirre has insurance.

“It's provided by my employer that's so amazing,” she said. “But we have a choice, and we choose El Rio, and so we're happy with that.”

El Rio hopes to raise $100,000 at this year’s party.

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