“It’s not the party, it’s the purpose.” As we started making plans for Arlington Free Clinic’s 2020 Virtual Benefit Gala, this was our mantra.

Over the past several months, while COVID-19 turned our world upside down, 1,600 Arlingtonians have continued to depend on AFC for the care they need and deserve. Some were facing cancer diagnoses when the virus invaded our community; most have chronic health conditions which place them at great risk of poor outcomes should they become infected; all were already living on the edge, struggling with food, rent, and other basic needs.

Proceeds from our 2020 Virtual Benefit Gala will support the health and well-being of AFC’s patients and help ease the burden of this pandemic on our most vulnerable neighbors.

We understand that it may be a challenging time for you to give – but our patients need us to ask you now.

We See You

As always through our Benefit, we seek to raise funds essential to our operations – but this year especially, we aim to shine a light on the needs of our patients, those in the community most vulnerable to being overlooked and forgotten: we see you.

Our patient community has been especially hard-hit by COVID-19. Most lost their jobs in the early days of the crisis, magnifying needs for resources “beyond the exam room” – which AFC is working hard to address. The zip code where the majority of our patients live has consistently experienced positive test rates of more than double that of the zip code in our county with the next highest rate. As many of us return to “life as normal,” our patients will still be reeling from the effects of this crisis for years to come.

Why AFC needs you

While we’re unable to gather together for an in-person event this year, our patients still need us and we need you.

AFC is a primarily privately-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We receive no federal funding and less than 10% of our budget comes from public sources.

We count on our Annual Benefit Gala to raise 25% of our $3M annual operating budget.

Thank you for your investment in the life-changing programs of Arlington Free Clinic and the health of your community.

Thank you for your investment in the life-changing programs of Arlington Free Clinic and the health of your community.

Learn more about Arlington Free Clinic at www.arlingtonfreeclinic.org.