Art fundraiser to benefit San José Clinic

February 11, 2014

San José Clinic’s seventh annual Art with Heart, chaired by Patrick Moran, is set for March 1 at The Corinthian, 202 Fannin St. Featured is original art work by local artists, selected by Patrick Palmer, faculty chair and dean of the Glassell School of Art.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available for individuals, businesses or groups that want to attend or support the event. Tickets start at $100 for individuals.

For information and tickets, visit or contact Donna Nisenson at 713-490-2620.

HOUSTON — The John S. Dunn Foundation will be recognized for its enduring and generous support for San José Clinic at an upcoming fundraiser that promises to be a fun night out for a great cause.

San José Clinic’s seventh annual Art with Heart will feature museum quality artwork in various media by selected artists and unique jewelry from local artists and celebrated jewelers. In addition, the event offers food from renowned caterer Jackson and Company and big board auction items that include a tropical getaway, VIP access to Jazz Fest and a culinary tour of Houston.

Paule Anne Lewis, the clinic’s chief executive officer, said the event is a wonderful way for the community to help raise funds for operating costs, to highlight what the clinic does and to showcase local artists.

“The food is absolutely fabulous; the company is good; and the art and jewelry and big board items are very unique compared to other fundraisers,” Lewis said.

The John S. Dunn Foundation will receive this year’s Portrait of Compassion award for its decades of support for the clinic. 

Lewis said it was thanks to a generous naming gift that the clinic’s current facility, the John S. Dunn Building/W.T. & Louise J. Moran Health Center, came into being, enabling the uninsured and indigent to access quality, professional health care in a purpose built clinic. 

Lewis said the foundation also has supported their dental clinic for decades, enabling them to pay for two staff dentists.

“That’s quite a luxury for our clinic,” Lewis said. “Historically, (the foundation) has been supporting us from an operational standpoint. Also, they were responsible for giving one of the first major gifts for us to secure this incredible facility.”

As well as providing the opportunity to buy artwork and experiential activities, the event offers the opportunity to buy specific items for individual clients, ranging from one dental visit or a drug prescription, to a year’s worth of comprehensive healthcare coverage.

“We want to make sure people understand there is something tangible,” Lewis said.

Funds raised from the event, expected to be anywhere from $150,000 to $180,000, will go towards the annual operating costs, totaling $8 million.

Last year, more than 4,000 patients, about half of whom were new clients, were treated at the clinic, and the numbers keep rising, according to Lewis.

Lewis said the clinic plays a vital role in the community, having provided the needy and those who lack insurance quality health care in some form or another for the past 92 years. It will continue to do so. 

“Pope Francis has been reminding us what our chore is, and the task we have before us is of taking care of the poor,” Lewis said. “(Daniel) Cardinal DiNardo is reiterating that across the Archdiocese.”

Located at 2615 Fannin St., the clinic provides services in adult medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, gynecology, optometry, ophthalmology and specialty care such as cardiology and neurology. The clinic also offers dental care and has a pharmacy. 

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