The BFC Brings Global Health Home!

On 29 April 2017, the Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic hosted BFC’s “What’s Next? Global Health Here at Home,” a fundraising event that featured keynote speakers addressing public health initiatives, global health themes, difficulties of getting proper healthcare, and the changing healthcare system.

Emcee Tom Burchfield (left) introducing Dr. Nitin Ron, a neonatologist whose talk was entitled, “Love, Compassion and Meditation in the Challenging World of Medicine.”

After the talks, a happy hour featured live music from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine students. Guests were served beverages donated from the Brooklyn community and could step outside and enjoy the beautiful Saturday afternoon. Food from several food trucks was also available to guests. A silent auction featuring weekend getaways, spa packages, fine dining reservations, and one-of-a-kind artwork was also available for guests to peruse.

Downstate students (left to right) Eric Schoenfeld, Sean Mooney, Tyler Defriece, Jared Levinson, and Adam Rifaat playing some feel-good tunes for the happy hour crowd.

The “This Won’t Hurt” comedy show brought the night to a close. All-star performers, like Jo Firestone from The Tonight Show, had the entire Bell House crowd holding onto their stomachs from laughing so hard. The event was a huge success — we were even featured in The New York Times, twice! — and the clinic raised an incredible amount of money, all thanks to our Brooklyn community.

Julio Torres, a writer for Saturday Night Life, is our new comedy hero.

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