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MGM Springfield, Caring Health Center Fundraising Gala

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

Caring Health Center Unveils Tania M. Barber Learning Institute at Fundraising Gala, Honoring Healthcare Champions

Caring Health Center (CHC) is excited to announce the grand unveiling of the Tania M. Barber Learning Institute at our annual fundraising gala. Join us on September 15, 2023, at the stunning Aria Ballroom in MGM Springfield. This year’s featured speaker is the phenomenal author and orator Dr. Particia Russell McCloud and past International President of The Links, Incorporated.  Dr.  Particia Russell McCloud is categorized as being one of the nation’s best orators.

Under the theme “The Future is Blue – Creating Opportunities Through Health and Education,” our gala aims to raise $150,000 to support the training of future healthcare professionals. By attending this remarkable event, you will contribute to the success of the Tania M. Barber Learning Institute, empowering education and transforming lives.

Tania M. Barber, President & CEO of Caring Health Center, expressed her enthusiasm for the unveiling of the Tania M. Barber Learning Institute, stating, “I am humbled and incredibly proud to present this innovative learning institute that bears my name. It symbolizes our unwavering dedication to training the next generation of healthcare professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to make a meaningful impact in our community. Through this institute, we aim to create a brighter future by empowering individuals to pursue careers in healthcare and contribute to the well-being of all.”

Another key feature of this year’s annual gala, are the three exceptional individuals who have made remarkable contributions to healthcare in the Greater Springfield community:

  • Tashanna K. Myers, Chief Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Baystate Health, a trailblazer in advancing gynecologic oncology care and improving women’s health.
  • Ashley Naginewicz, Director of Behavioral Health at Caring Health Center, a compassionate advocate for mental health and well-being and a catalyst for positive change.
  • Michael Curry, Esq, President & CEO at Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, a tireless champion fighting for social justice and accessible healthcare for all.

Dr. Yedalis Ruíz, Chief Access and Equity Officer at Caring Health Center and Executive Director of the Tania M. Barber Learning Institute, shared heartfelt sentiments about the Tania M. Barber Learning Institute and the honorees, stating, “The institute will be a beacon of hope for aspiring healthcare professionals, especially those who are historically underrepresented and experience access barriers to career and educational opportunities. By providing quality education and training, we can bridge healthcare gaps and ensure equitable care for all. These honorees truly embody our mission of accessible and fair healthcare, and we’re proud to celebrate their exceptional contributions and their positive impact on our community’s well-being.”

For more information, tickets, sponsorships and advertising opportunities, visit: www.caringhealth.org/Gala2023.

Help us achieve our fundraising goal and make a lasting impact on healthcare education.


September 15
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT


MGM Springfield
One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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(413) 273-5000
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