OneWorld Community Health Centers celebrated the many miracles, or “milagros,” that occurred over the past year at the annual Milagro Dinner and Auction on Thursday, November 14. More than 350 people came to the Historic Livestock Exchange campus to hear the stories of patients whose lives have been impacted by OneWorld. Members of the medical community were honored, and the crowd was inspired by the story of keynote speaker Richard Montanez, a Frito-Lay executive who came up with the idea of the “flamin’ hot” flavor of snacks when he was a janitor at the company. Over $111,000 was raised to support programs and services for patients who are medically underserved.
Honored for their service to the community were Dr. Charles Filipi, a Professor of Surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine, whose mission work in the Dominican Republic to repair hernias led to the establishment of an organization called Hernia Repairs for the Underserved.; Dr Jonathan Fuller, an Orthopedic Surgeon, with 22 years of experience who has been coming to OneWorld every other month since 2007 and providing care to patients through Hope Medical Outreach Coalition; the late Dr. Daniel Dietrich, who was OneWorld’s first volunteer Medical Director and directly responsible for the OneWorld that exists today. Finally, Methodist Hospital was recognized for the support and care they give OneWorld patients and improving access to healthcare for everyone in the community.