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Clinic to hold scholarship lunch

Wendy Alexander/Madera Tribune File Photo Dignitaries waiters, from left, Cecilia Massetti, Rebecca Martinez, Madera Sheriff Jay Varney, Beverly Medina, Paolo Soares, and Madera Supervisors David Rogers, Rick Farinelli and Brett Frazier serve the community during the annual Camarena scholarship fundraiser luncheon in 2015. This year’s event will be Friday at the Italo-American Club, 331 S. D St.


In order to help students from Madera County, the Camarena Health clinic will hold a scholarship lunch for prospective medical professionals.

The 23rd annual scholarship luncheon set for Friday at the Italo-American Club, 331 S. D St., is expected to fund $2,000 scholarships for eight local students pursuing a career in healthcare.

According to Camarena’s CEO Paulo Soares, the lunch represents an effort by the clinic to reach out to the local community, which in turn has been heavily involved in making the event possible. This involvement includes “celebrity waiters,” elected officials from the city and county who have volunteered to help the clinic.

“And they come and they help serve the lunch, and so it’s just kind of a nice community event,” Soares said. “We have some local students from some of the elementary schools, they design placemats and stuff for the tables, and so it’s a good event, and kind of brings a lot of people together.”

The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m., with $10 donations recommended. Those in attendance will have the option of tri-tip or vegetarian lasagna. A raffle will also be held at a price of $1 per ticket, or $10 for 12 tickets.

Those seeking further information are encouraged to call Camarena Health at 664-4008.

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