News & Events
We hope you will consider supporting or joining us for one of our annual events.
Harvest for Health Gala
Wood River Health hosts an annual gala called Harvest for Health. The event takes place in September and includes dinner, dancing, a wine raffle, silent and live auctions and lots of fun! The gala is supported through many generous sponsorships and donations made by community partners, local businesses and members of the Board of Directors. We launched our 1st Annual Gala in 2021, which netted $45,000 in donations.
Our 2nd Annual Harvest for Health took place at The Haversham House in Westerly on September 30, 2022. It raised over $65,000 for our health center. All proceeds are used to support Wood River Health's many programs and services that help improve our community's quality of life.
Our 3rd Annual Harvest for Health Gala will be held on September 22, 2023 at the Venice in Westerly at 6:00 PM. Back by popular demand, Take it to the Bridge has been secured for the occasion. Our Virtual Auction is open until 8pm on September 22, 2023. You do not need to be at the gala to bid on our items. Visit 32auctions.com/WoodRiverHealth.
Head to Toe Wellness Fair
Our second annual Wood River Health Head to Toe Wellness Fair took place on Thursday, June 1 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm on The Esplanade at Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street, Westerly. Sponsored by Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and in partnership with Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, this family-friendly event connects the members of our community with resources from many local non-profit organizations to cover them from head to toe.
The Wellness Fair is an opportunity for members of our community to connect with our providers and staff outside of a health care setting. It is also an opportunity for southwestern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut residents to get their health-related questions answered outside of their doctor’s office.
The event is tailored towards families with children. It features free raffles, giveaways and activities for children. Health related information and resources are distributed by Wood River Health’s Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health Services, our Community Resources Team and Women, Infants & Children (WIC) department and our community partners.
Learn more about the event by reading the press release about our 2023 event. Our 2024 date will be posted as soon as it has been finalized.
National Health Center Week
Community Health Centers such as Wood River Health serve as a beacon of strength, service and care in our communities. National Health Center Week is an annual celebration that takes place in August to raise awareness about America’s health centers and the critical services we provide. During Health Center Week, Wood River Health has planned many fun activities recognizing our staff and our patients. To learn about our 2023 activities, view our Health Center Week Slideshow 2023.
Back to School Backpacks
Each year, Wood River Health partners with Jonnycake Center of Westerly for a back-to-school supply giveaway party benefitting local children in need. Our second annual event will take place on Saturday, August 19 from 10am to noon in the Jonnycake Center of Westerly’s rear parking lot at 23 Industrial Drive in Westerly. The event is sponsored in part by Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.
During the event, our community's children are connected with backpacks, school supplies, and educational items to ensure the school year starts strongly for all. Musical entertainment will be provided by WBLQ AM 1230, and there will also be games, face painting, craft tables and a visit by a firetruck! Families are invited to the event at the Jonnycake Center of Westerly’s rear parking lot at 23 Industrial Drive on Saturday, August 19 between 10am and noon to receive a free backpack that comes filled with essentials needed for school. The backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, read our joint press release with Jonnycake Center of Westerly.