San José Clinic honors volunteer health providers at 12th annual Art With Heart

May 28, 2019

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo was Art With Heart’s honorary chair. He told attendees that God will continue to bless all the volunteer dental and medical providers who enter the doors of San José Clinic. Photo courtesy of San José Clinic.

HOUSTON — San José Clinic, a 97-year-old health clinic for the underserved in the Houston metropolitan area, recently held their 12th annual Art with Heart fundraising event at the Bayou City Ballroom in downtown Houston. The May 2 event honored the clinic’s volunteer dental and medical providers, represented by James Lloyd, D.D.S. and Mary Neal, M.D., with the Portrait of Compassion Award.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, event’s Honorary Chair, was in attendance to address the guests and request they join him in praying for this year’s Portrait of Compassion honorees. This is one of the first few events Cardinal DiNardo has attended since his stroke back in March.

DiNardo told attendees that God will continue to bless all the volunteer dental and medical providers who enter the doors of San José Clinic for their commitment to delivering quality healthcare with dignity, respect and kindness to those seeking compassionate care.

Art with Heart, San José Clinic’s signature event, featured live and silent auctions of artwork from talented local and renowned artists, curated by Patrick Palmer, faculty chair and dean of the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, artist Didi Garza, and the art committee.

Through sponsorship underwriting, art and jewelry sales, as well as both live and silent auctions, this year’s event raised more than $236,000 which will be used to further the clinic’s mission.

San José Clinic President and CEO, Maureen Sanders, said, “It was a wonderful event to honor our volunteer medical and dental providers who make the mission of San José Clinic possible on a daily basis.”

Proceeds from Art with Heart will help support San José Clinic’s mission to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person.

San José Clinic, the original safety-net clinic in Houston, has grown into a leading provider of quality healthcare services for individuals and families in the Greater Houston area who struggle the most with accessing care. It began with the vision of Monsignor Walsh, a donation of $50 from the Charity Guild of Catholic Women and volunteers from the community, who all came together with the same hope of breaking down barriers to healthcare for the underserved.

Since the clinic was founded in 1922, the United Way agency and ministry of the Archdiocese provides a wide range of services, including primary and specialty medical and dental care as well as vision, laboratory and pharmacy services. The clinic is also one of 60 ministries supported by the Diocesan Services Fund in the Archdiocese.