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October, 10 2009 - WellCare Foundation's Monte Carlo Night

Where: Fiesta Resort Conference Center

When: October 10, 2009

Time: 6:00 PM

Beneficiary: WellCare Foundation

Host(s): WellCare Foundation Board of Directors and the Leona Group

Presenting Sponsor(s): The Leona Group

Gala Chairperson(s): Dennis Fernandez and Donna Warner

Founders: Marge Ebeling (founder and president)

Executive Director: Anne Gill

Of note: WellCare mother Patty Smith brought handsome little son Luca and told attendees about the surgery that saved Luca (Thanks to WellCare surgeon and healthcare professionals who donated their services)

Sponsors: GRAND PRIX: The Leona Group, LLC; LE CABARET: Quarles & Brady, The Ebeling Group, Hans & Gail Thiele, Dr. Jacqueline Allen; CARNIVAL: Serenity Hospice, Catholic HealthCare West-East Valley, Judith Morse, Marge Ebeling; SALLE BLANCHE: Al Stimac, Delta Dental, Grayhawk Eye Center, Kaki O'Shaugnessy, Sandweg & Ager, PC, John C. Lincoln Health Network; SASS CAFE: Dr. & Mrs. Harry Tamm, Valley Business Connection, Mr. & Mrs. Brice Corder, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Brophy

Attendance: 180

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Special Thanks: Dior, Dennis Fernandez, O'Neil Printing, Keith Gossiaux Design, Phoenix Suns, 1StopSigns, Arcadian Journal, Encore Creative, Angelic Grove, Arizona Nights, Kriss Proctor, George Cunningham, David McHenry, Fiesta Resort Conference Center, the Monte Carlo Night Event Committee

Information: Anne Gill 602-263-7619

Board of Directors: Al Stimac (chairperson), Kyle J. Lasseter (co-chair), William Sandweg III (secretary), Debbie Krasne (treasurer), Marge Ebeling (founder & president), Anna Alonzo, Lorraine Brophy, Gina Conflitti MD, Sandra Corder, Melody Emmert, Cassidy Kersten, Sherry Lund, Kaki O'Shaughnessy, Myra Richman, Toni Rudolph, Mackenzie Stanton, KT Tamm, Robert Van Laarhoven

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 (WellCare mom) Patty Smith and son Luca
(WellCare mom) Patty Smith and son Luca
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WellCare Foundation's Monte Carlo Night

By Myra Richman

On Saturday, October 10, 2009, WellCare Foundation held its Monte Carlo Night fundraiser at the Fiesta Resort Conference Center in Tempe with 180 in attendance.

A beautifully dressed crowd enjoyed an evening that began with a cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction, great raffle items and gambling. 

WellCare mother Patty Smith brought her three-year-old son Luca, whom she adopted from the Marshall Islands (which incidentally has the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world). "We never expect to be in a situation needing healthcare," said Smith, a former Peace Corps volunteer.  WellCare was there for Luca, who had 'kissing tonsils,' and urgently needed corrective surgery.

There are more than 175,000 single, working mothers who cannot meet the healthcare needs of their families and fall through the cracks of our healthcare system. Thanks to the WellCare Foundation (founded by Marge Ebeling) and to the 131 generous clinicians who donate their time and expertise, they are able to help single, working mothers and their children get healthy and stay healthy by providing them the highest level of integrated, primary healthcare at no cost.

Imagine what it would be like to be a single, working mother who cannot afford to help her sick child or children--or unable to care for her children because of her own health issues.

WellCare is growing its health practitioner network, hoping to care for many more single mothers and their children in the near future.

For more information, please visit or call 602-263-7619.

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