COVID spike factor in cancellation of bridge fundraising event

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With the number of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant spiking, Winters Healthcare reluctantly determined it was prudent to cancel this year’s Evening on the Bridge event.

The popular annual fundraising event launched in 2017 as Dinner on the Bridge, but this year in the wake of COVID organizers decided to offer a mix and mingle event and serve heavy appetizers and drinks. Tickets sales were underway until it was decided that with the spiking COVID-19 cases the responsible thing to do was to cancel the event scheduled for Sept. 11.

An announcement was sent to ticket holders and posted on the Winters Healthcare website, stating in part, “With the event being only a few weeks away, and every alternative seeming unrealistic, we concluded that we would not be able to create the type of experience that would meet our standards, and your expectations, while ensuring everyone’s health and safety.”

Winters Healthcare noted that roughly 63 percent of Winters has been fully vaccinated and determined that a “vaccinated only” event was not a practical solution.

Cancellation also means a loss of the much-needed funds the event brings in. Those who have purchased tickets can make them into a tax-deductible donation to Winters Healthcare or elect to receive a refund.

For more information on how to donate visit https://wintershealth.org or for specific questions about the event cancellation, contact Lilly Steward at Lsteward@wintershealth.org.

Founded in 2000, the Winters Healthcare provides primary, dental and behavioral health services.

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