Amid the revelry of Bourbon Street, New Orleans cuisine, carnival booths and a Samba line, the We Care Foundation of Indian River kicked off its 5th Anniversary Mardi Gras Celebration at Oak Harbor Country Club. Over 200 guests attended We Care’s signature fundraising event on March 1st, enjoying a culinary tour of New Orleans, dancing to music from DJ Louis G, stilt walkers, jugglers and the amazing Phoebe’s Samba Team. Adding to the excitement of the evening was a silent auction, a roving magician and a 50/50 drawing.

Founded in 1991 as a cooperative venture between the Indian River County Medical Society, the IRC Health Department, and the IRC Hospital District, the We Care program coordinates free physician services for uninsured indigent patients in Indian River County. More than 160 volunteer doctors, dentists and other medical professionals donate care to as many as 3,000 quali ed Indian River County residents each year. These donated services are valued at over $1 million annually.

Dr. Dennis Saver, founder of the We Care Program 28 years ago, started the party as he led in the samba line of dancers and drummers, who then entertained the guests. Following their performance, Dr. Saver addressed the Mardi Gras crowd.

“Thank you for being here tonight to honor the giving spirit of physicians who have volunteered free medical service to our neighbors in need, Saver said. “We Care continues to be blessed by the support of this community, and is grateful to our sponsors and donors.”

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