Fashion show raises money for free clinic
Locally owned Pollux Clothing Co. staged a fashion show at the Elks Lodge on Saturday to raise money for a nonprofit group that provides free health care to the Grand Valley’s uninsured and under-insured population.
Forty percent of ticket sales from the show were donated to the clinic, said Brittany Watson, Pollux general manager.
Receipts from the event were still being tallied Monday, Watson said.
It was the store’s first fashion show fundraiser, Pollux founder and owner Ivy Parnasius said.
“We just thought it was time for a fun, springtime event,” Parnasius said.
Named for the brightest star in the Gemini constellation, Pollux is sister to the male Castor. The stars are named for the ancient myths they inspired.
“I planned to open a men’s store one day,” she said, explaining the store’s unusual moniker. “It hasn’t happened yet.”
Parnasisus thanked the people who attended.
Good Samaritan benefitted in part because Watson is the sister of Brian Watson, who works with Downtown Vineyard Church and helped found the clinic, Watson said.
“He is a good deed-doer,” Watson said. “There was a realization that people so often try to do something good in the world, but it’s always overseas. He thought, there’s just not a ton of help for normal, middle-class people locally.”
The clinic provides a wide array of health care services to under-insured and uninsured people by appointment only at 634 Main St.
“We are funded solely on donations and operate on a very small budget,” said Allison Blevins, director of Good Samaritan. “There is a great need in our community,” she said.
Physicians and nurses at the clinic can help with most basic health care needs for people of all ages, Blevins said.
Prescriptions for non-controlled substances, screenings and referrals are also available. Physical therapy, speech therapy, vision screening and reading glasses are among the specialized health care needs the clinic can handle.
Go to goodsamaritangj.com to donate or schedule an appointment.