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October 28th, 2008
CTMC provides more than health care

Central Texas Medical Center recently made a contribution to the San Marcos Bluebonnet Lions Club indicating its sponsorship for the sixth annual Thankful Turkey 5k Run/Walk. The 5k is set to take place on Nov. 22, at River Ridge Park in San Marcos.

The Bluebonnet Lions, under direction of Lions Club International, is a local service organization that supports charitable causes in the community. Several people, such as CTMC employees Debby Lawrence and Sandi Gray, organize and host food drives and other events throughout the year.

“Money raised through community fundraisers such as the Thankful Turkey 5K help support pressing needs in our community,” said Judy Aswell, Fundraising Project Chairman for the Bluebonnet Lions. “Lion members thank CTMC for supporting our fundraising efforts. They are truly helping Lions make a difference.”

Over the past three years, Central Texas Medical Center has given more than $230,000 to various charities and organizations that mirror CTMC’s mission efforts. Each year CTMC makes a significant contribution to Texas State University. Recently, in addition to its annual gift, the hospital gave $50,000 to benefit the creation of the School of Nursing.

“As a hospital, people sometimes think of us as only providing health care,” said Clay DeStefano, CTMC Administrative Director of PR and Marketing. “But we feel our role in the community reaches beyond just health care. People rely on us to improve their quality of life, and we believe giving back to the community is a huge part of doing so.”

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.3 million
members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 202 countries and geographical areas. For more information, visit home.centurytel.net/bluebonnetlions/ or call Judy Aswell at (512) 558-1032.

 by Clay DeStefano
Central Texas Medical Center

CTMC employees Debby Lawrence (right) and Sandi Gray (middle) present the Bluebonnet Lions’ fundraising chairman, Judy Aswell (left), with a check to benefit the sixth annual Thankful Turkey 5k Run/Walk.

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