I just got this from Chambers Street, and it looks like a very worthy cause. If you're not in the NYC area and can't go, there's an avenue for donations, which I warmly recommend.
Partners-In-Health Benefit Dinner in Memory of Joe Dressner
Sunday, October 28th.
A number of years ago, Joe Dressner suggested that we use our wine events together to raise money for a charity that would provide quality health care to those in need around the world. Joe received the finest care available while combating his illness and he wanted to help others who have no access to this level of medical assistance. After much research, Joe decided that Partners-in-Health, for their work in Haiti and elsewhere, was the organization most deserving of our support. Please join us at Andrew Tarlow's superb new restaurant, Reynards, at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg on Sunday, October 28th at 7:00 as we raise funds for this great organization, in honor of Joe. Tickets are $150 and include a delicious family-style dinner with great wines from Louis/Dressner Selections. Feel free to bring a favorite Louis/Dressner wine to share with your table - let's make this a festive and meaningful evening for a truly good cause! (Eric and Laurence Texier and Franck and Mairie Peillot will be there!)
Can't make it on the 28th? Please go to PIH.org to donate directly in memory of Joe Dressner.
Partners-in Health believes in 5 fundamental principles:
Providing Universal Access to Primary Health Care: All people must have access to primary health care – this is especially true for communities affected by HIV/AIDS and TB. When quality primary care is accessible, people are more likely to seek care early and address both simple conditions and complex diseases. When PIH treats someone for an infectious disease, that patient also receives primary health and social services.
Making Health Care and Education Free to the Poor: When clinics charge user fees in poor communities, people don’t seek access to health care. Health and education are fundamental routes to development and it is counterproductive and immoral to charge user fees to those who need these services most and can afford them least.
HIring and Training Community Health Workers: Health programs should involve community members at all levels of design and implementation. PIH hires and trains commmunity health workers (CHWs) to provide health education, refer the sick to clinics, or deliver medicines and social support to patients in their homes. CHWs do not supplant the work of doctors or nurses; rather, they are a vital interface between the clinic and the community.
Fighting Disease Means Fighting Poverty: Through community partners, PIH works to improve access to food, shelter, clean water, sanitation, education and economic opportunities.
Partnering With Local and National Governments: While NGOs play a valuable role in developing new approaches to treating disease, successful models can only be made available widely through national health systems. To help meet this goal, PIH strengthens and complements existing public health infrastructure.
We hope to see you on the 28th!