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Raffle for health care

Foundation says federal money alone doesn't cover county, state cutbacks

State and county cutbacks has put a dent in funding at Axis Community Health. Even with $1.3 million in federal stimulus relief and $19,245 from the Pleasanton Weekly's Holiday Fund, the health and wellness center needs help in order to care for the growing number of patients.

Axis, a nonprofit that provides health care, substance abuse counseling and health education to the community, was promised federal money that would be dolled out over two years and specifically used to hire new healthcare professionals and staff to serve an additional 4,000 patients.

"The federal funds, though wonderful to receive, will not cover the actual delivery of services, such as the equipping of additional examination rooms, keeping the lights on during extended hours and weekends, laboratory testing and pharmaceutical needs," said Axis Foundation President Sherry Peterson.

To fill what Peterson calls a "significant void" in funding, the foundation is sponsoring a raffle, with winners being announced at the upcoming First Wednesday Street Parties beginning May 6. Prizes include a two-night getaway on Monterey Bay, landscape design, wine tasting, golf and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 27 and are $20 for one or $100 for six. They may be purchased from any Axis board of directors or foundation board member; at Axis Behavioral Health, 6666 Owens Drive; at the Pleasanton Weekly office, 5506 Sunol Blvd., Ste. 100; at the law offices of Sherry Peterson, 11875 Dublin Blvd., Ste. A-104 in Dublin; and by emailing raffle@axishealth.org.

To learn more about the prizes or for a ticket order form, visit www.axishealth.org.

--Emily West

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