WNC Health Advocates holds fifth annual Eat at Mike’s dinner

Here’s the press release from WNC Health Advocates:

ASHEVILLE – WNC Health Advocates presents its fifth annual Eat at Mike’s dinner and silent auction 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Friendship Hall of First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St.

The dinner is named for Mike Danforth, who died at age 33 after being denied access to health care.

Everything for the dinner is donated by area farmers, local merchants and local chefs and restaurants such as Jack of the Wood, Laurey’s Catering, the Chop Shop, Altamont Brewing and more. Some of the donated food will be cooked on site by Chef Zika Singogo.

Silent auction items will come from local businesses, artists and crafters and will include glass and pottery items, handmade scarves and hats, jewelry and more.

Tickets for the dinner are $25 and can be purchased at https://eatatmikes-2013.eventbrite.com, or by calling 828-243-6712.

About WNC Health Advocates: Our mission is to offer comfort and support to people with illness and disability to new mothers and to families, and to advocate for access to quality health care for all.
We do this through four programs:

Patient Pals & Family Friends is a peer-support program to help people with illness and/or disability, who feel isolated and depressed. Our trained volunteers become friend and advocate to people who often have no other source of personal support and help them learn self-advocacy skills.

True Stories is our education arm. Our PowerPoint presentation tells the stories of people caught in a system that doesn’t meet their needs and educates people about the Affordable Care Act and how it can change outcomes. They can learn what really is in the law and what is not, and we talk about the various myths and facts surrounding the law.

Start from Seed, offers prenatal, birth and postnatal support to first-time mothers who otherwise would not have the resources to have a doula, or coach. Women are referred to the program by agencies of Buncombe County government and programs within Mission Hospital, and our doulas all are volunteers.

Speak for Yourself helps people understand the issues loved ones could face if they don’t have an advance care directive and a health care power of attorney. We can help people through the process of preparing these documents and notarize them, either individually or in workshops.


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