10Care clinic Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 2. That is the date of the 2019 Toast of the Town Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting and Silent Auction. Set in the scenic Cape Fear Botanical Garden, the event raises money to help The CARE Clinic continue providing free quality basic medical care and simple dental extraction services to eligible uninsured, low-income adults.

Cynthia Deere, The CARE Clinic development and marketing director, said, “This year we changed the name to Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting because we will have assorted liquors to sample.”

Top of the Hill Distillery, the only certified organic and fully local distillery in the South, will provide samples of their vodka, gin and whiskey. The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company, the first to bring Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian style of spiced honey liqueur to the American market, will have samples of their unique liquor. Southern Grace Distiller, America’s first distillery in a former prison, will have their award-winning Conviction small-batch bourbon and corn whiskeys flavored with fruit juices

Those aren’t the only additions to the event this year. “We have added desserts from Burney’s Sweets & More, coffee from Green Mountain Coffee, and dancing to music provided by Five Star Entertainment,” Deere said. “But we’ll also have all of the favorites back; Anstead’s Tobacco Company (and) Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop will be there. We will have wine samples provided by Mutual Distributing as well as beer samples from Bright Light Brewing Company, Dirtbag Ales, The Mash House and Huske Hardware.”

Always a popular feature, the auction has some exciting items up for bid. There will be some great trips, provided by AMFund. Paris, the Greek islands, Ireland and Costa Rica are just a few of the destination packages available. “As you can see, the evening will be full of food, drinks and fun,” said Deere.

While The CARE Clinic delivers vital medical services, the organization does not receive any government assistance. It relies solely on donations, grants and fundraisers to raise the nearly $44,000 needed each month.

To purchase tickets, or to find out how you can support The CARE Clinic, visit www.mkt.com/the-care-clinic. For more information, contact Deere at 910-988-3067.

CARE Clinic patient information:

To be eligible for The CARE Clinic’s services, you must be 18 years or older; have no insurance, including Medicaid; meet an income requirement; and display proof of household income and a valid, North Carolina DMV-issued picture ID card or driver’s license showing your current address.

Call 910-485-0555 to make an appointment. Appointments are made only by phone; no walkins. Medical appointments can be made Monday- Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dental appointments can be made Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for the following week.

The clinic serves patients each Tuesday and Thursday and the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dental clinics are every Tuesday and the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Appointments are made on a space-available basis.

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