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Florida Hospital North Pinellas fundraising for mission to India

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— Florida Hospital North Pinellas is promoting a pair of fundraising efforts that will finance an international outreach program it is inaugurating.

The hospital’s newly created Medical Outreach Mission will send local physicians and staff to international locations where they will help treat and educate underserved populations. Its first annual trip is scheduled to depart for Delhi, India, on Dec. 26.

Program coordinators have set a goal of $150,000 to fund the mission and two local Tarpon Springs events are set to help raise that money.

The first, “Music for our Mission, A Night with Dr. Longley,” will take place Sept. 27. The two-hour fundraiser will feature Longley, the emergency room medical director at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, whose piano-playing and vocal talents earned him first place at Doctor Idol Tampa Bay 2013.

“He’s a great entertainer, and people just love him,” said Christine Longley, FHNP’s community outreach and volunteer services manager. “It’s going to be a heck of a good time.”

The September fundraiser will be held at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, inside City Hall, 324 E. Pine St., and include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction.

The second scheduled event is the “Let your Light Shine for M.O.M. 5K,” a run-walk event set for Dec. 7, less than a month prior to the mission’s departure.

All money raised during both events goes directly toward funding travel expenses and the medical equipment, supplies and medications needed to treat children and families in the indigent areas of Delhi, the mission’s news release states.

More information about the fundraisers or other sponsorship and donation opportunities can be directed to Tory Flood, chairman of FHNP’s Medical Outreach Mission, at (727) 756-7617 or email tory.flood@ahss.org.

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