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Women's club chips in for health care

The second annual Westchase Women's Club golf tournament raised $15,500 for the Judeo Christian Health Clinic, which offers medical care for people who can't afford insurance.

About 100 players turned out for the Oct. 18 event, which was shortened to a nine-hole tournament because of heavy rains.

"They started in the rain. Then they came in, so we got a keg of beer for them," said Debbie McLean, co-chairwoman of the tournament. "Then the rain stopped, so we sent them back out again. But I still think everybody had a great time."

Located on N MacDill Avenue, the Judeo Christian Health Clinic has about 14,000 visits a year from patients who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid or Hillsborough County's medical assistance program.

"The whole point of this clinic is to take care of people we call the working poor," said Christina Whidden, executive director of the center. "We are so thrilled and grateful to Westchase. The amount of money they gave us will cover our medication budget for a whole year."

The health clinic is staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses and receives no government or United Way funding. It is financed by donations from individuals, corporations, churches and charitable organizations. The Westchase donation is the largest it has received.

Along with golfer fees, tournament proceeds came from commercial sponsors. Dean Witter donated $2,000, and American Commercial Truck, Westchase Associates and Bill's Limousines each gave $1,000. About 20 other sponsors donated smaller amounts of money or raffle prizes.

Last year, the golf tournament raised $11,000 for the Tampa AIDS Network.