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Memorial Hermann Teams Up With Houston Rockets and KPRC Local 2 to Provide Medical Services at HopeFest


Memorial Hermann to Offer Primary Care Services at Toyota Center on Wednesday and Thursday as Part of Houston HopeFest Activities



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9/05/05 -Memorial Hermann Healthcare System announced today that it will provide a primary medical services clinic for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina at Toyota Center on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8 as part of Houston HopeFest activities. Houston HopeFest, an event being hosted by the Houston Rockets and KPRC Local 2, will feature a three-day format designed to collect and distribute donation items as well as provide basic human services and job-skills training information to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama residents who have taken shelter in Houston.

“The Rockets and KPRC have organized a remarkable event that stands to make a real difference in the lives of many survivors of the storm disaster,” said Dan Wolterman, President of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. “All of us at Memorial Hermann are excited and proud to be participating in such a community-minded effort. This onsite health clinic will assist in providing basic medical treatment and information to those that need it the most.”

The medical services clinic will include up to 10 exam rooms and a triage area staffed by eight family physicians and appropriate Memorial Hermann support personnel. In addition, Memorial Hermann employees have organized a large-scale donation drive for HopeFest, and will also be staffing a recruitment table at the event. Memorial Hermann has been partnering with the City of Houston and the University of Texas Health Science Center to provide supplies, equipment and volunteers for the on-going medical clinic at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Houston HopeFest will begin on Tuesday, September 6 with an all-day donation drive scheduled from 7:00a.m.-9:00p.m.at Toyota Center The following two days will be devoted to distributing donated items and providing basic human services including job skills training, job placement, housing assistance, medical services, counseling and school registration. In addition to the donation and distribution activities, Rockets players and Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy will participate in a variety of events to assist in fundraising efforts. Players scheduled to participate include: Tracy McGrady, David Wesley, Mike James, Bob Sura, Jon Barry, Luther Head and Derek Anderson.


Rockets, Comets and Aeros Players and Staff Members to Coordinate Three-Day HopeFest for Displaced Residents of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi

9/03/05 – The Houston Rockets today announced plans to partner with Houston television station KPRC Local 2 and a number of local agencies for a benefit event to assist displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. HopeFest will feature a three-day format designed to collect and distribute donation items as well as provide basic human services to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama residents who have taken shelter in Houston.

The event will begin on Tuesday, September 6 with an all-day donation drive scheduled from 7:00a.m.-9:00p.m.at Toyota Center The following two days will be devoted to distributing donated items and providing basic human services including job skills training, job placement, housing assistance, medical services, counseling and school registration.

“This unprecedented natural disaster has affected our entire country,” said Rockets/Comets Owner Leslie Alexander. “This is a time for our community to rise to this challenge and help our neighbors move forward with their lives. We’re trying to coordinate this event so we can really make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. We are focusing our efforts not only on providing immediate assistance, but also on long-term solutions to help with job training, employment opportunities and housing assistance.”

In addition to the donation and distribution activities, Rockets players and Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy will participate in a variety of events to assist in fundraising efforts. Players scheduled to participate include: Tracy McGrady, David Wesley, Mike James, Bob Sura, Jon Barry, Luther Head and Derek Anderson. In addition, a Tundra Zone children’s play area will be available during the event as well.

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If you would like to contact us with job leads or any other assistance please do so at the following address: hopefest@rocketball.com

Following is a detailed event breakdown:

Tuesday, Sept. 6 (7AM-9PM)—Toyota Center to serve as a collection donation station. Houston residents will have the opportunity to drop off donation items all day beginning from 7-:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Rockets players and staff will be on hand to assist with donation collection, greet Houston residents dropping off donation supplies (preferred donation items list included on following page) and will help man a telephone bank to secure financial pledges.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 (7AM-9PM) and Thursday, Sept. 8 (7AM-3PM)—Representatives from the Houston Rockets, Comets, local human services agencies including The United Way and Red Cross, as well as other local assistance groups will be on hand to assist with job skills training, job placement, housing assistance, medical services and the distribution of the donated goods.



LIST OR RECOMMENDED DONATION ITEMS:
Baby Formula
Diapers
Sanitary Wipes
Peanut Butter
Bread
Canned Vegetables
Soups
Raman Noodles
Can Openers
Hot Plates
Bottled Water
Pillows
Bedding
Stuffed Animals
Toys
School Supplies
Clothes
Footwear

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