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KHEIR Celebrates 23 Years of Increasing Access to Health Care

With an Annual Fundraising Dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel

(LOS ANGELES, CA - October 26, 2009) - On October 28, 2009, KHEIR will celebrate its 23rd anniversary with the annual Increasing Access to Health Care: Faces of Cancer Fundraising Dinner & Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. We are celebrating the launch of our Imaging Department, which will provide life-saving breast cancer and tuberculosis screenings to the underserved women and men in the community. All proceeds from the Dinner will subsidize the KHEIR-S. Mark Taper Foundation Community Clinic's cancer screening services for the uninsured and underinsured families in Los Angeles.

Increasing Access to Health Care is always our goal, but our priority initiative is cancer prevention. As cancer doesn't discriminate and affects everyone, the many faces of cancer not only include the patients but their families and loved ones. Cancer isn't a highlight for us just this year, but it has been an ongoing initiative for KHEIR as our client population, Koreans and Latinos, have some of the lowest cancer screening rates and highest mortality rates. Cultural and financial barriers along with a lack of education all contribute to the low screening rate.

Honorees of the event will include Honorable Assemblymember Kevin de León, Howard A. Kahn, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan and Verizon. The Honorees were selected for their commitment to increasing access to health care for all and for their exemplary contributions to their communities. KHEIR's Dinner would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors, including:

  •  Title - Anonymous Donors, LA 18 KSCI-TV
  •  Platinum - Southern California Edison
  •  Gold - Kaiser Permanente, TEN Communications, Verizon
  •  Silver - Bank of America, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), L.A. Care Health Plan
  •  Bronze - AT&T, Hanmi Bank, The Gas Company

For more information on tickets, please contact Dinner Manager, Vivian Ko at (213) 427-4000x103 or viviank@lakheir.org.

KHEIR Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency founded in 1986, offers culturally and linguistically appropriate health care and social services to the low income, limited-English speaking Korean and Latino residents of Southern California. In addition to operating the only full-time community clinic with majority Korean patient base in the United States to offer assistance in English, Spanish and Korean, the organization maintains a Social Services Department and two Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) centers that render more than 80,000 service visits and 100,000 hot meals on an annual basis. http://www.lakheir.org

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