Doctors Without Walls 'Glowing' over fundraiser

300 show up to help street medicine effort

Father Larry Gosselin gives a blessing at the Glow in the Park fundraiser (John Palminteri/KEYT photo)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The "Glow in the Park" fundraiser brought a colorful back drop to the outside fields at Elings Park Saturday night.

The event benefits Santa Barbara Street  Medicine care and Doctors Without Walls.

Everyone attending who wanted to go up in a tethered hot air balloon was able to do so, after signing a waiver. Many enjoyed the ride, took aerial pictures, and got the thrill of soaring.

A silent and live auction took place right before a live band featuring the music of Stevie Wonder to close out the evening.

Doctors Without Walls reaches out to homeless and low income individuals in Santa Barbara County.  The team has 206 volunteers, led by doctors and other medical professionals.

In 2016 Doctors Without Walls served 755 unique patients, a 44 percent increase over 2015. Most were new patients.

The contact those living on the street at Alameda Park and Pershing Park, along with anyone in the surrounding area that they contact while doing their outreach near those sites.

Along with the street outreach medical care, there's also a Women's Free Homeless Clinic which operated out of Transition House three Friday's a month.  It is staffed with an internist,podiatrist, nurse practitioner, therapists, and social workers. Lunch, laundry services, and clothing are also provided.

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