Category Archives: Awards Dinners

43 years of grassroots organizing for health care access and justice!

June 17, 2020

The novel corona virus pandemic has upended everything – everyone is trying to adjust to a “new normal.” Like everyone else, Champaign County Health Care Consumers has also had to find ways to adjust, while continuing to serve our community, and rising to the challenge of helping to meet an increasing demand for our services – more people need us now, and their needs are more complicated and challenging. Your support makes it possible for us to rise to the challenge of this moment, and to improve the lives of our community members.

No Annual Awards Dinner to celebrate our 43rd year. In the interest of everyone’s health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, Champaign County Health Care Consumers has canceled our 2020 Annual Awards Dinner, which would have been held in May of this year. This year’s Annual Dinner would have marked our 43rd year, and would have been an important social and fundraising event for our organization. We very much miss the camaraderie and joy of being able to gather with our friends and supporters at our annual celebration.

Although we cannot gather for our annual celebration, CCHCC staff are still working very hard every day to serve our community during the coronavirus pandemic. We have had an increase in the number of clients we are serving as a result of community members losing employment and income, and needing extra resources during our state’s Shelter-in-Place order. And, clients turning to us are also in greater distress and have more complicated situations and require greater support from CCHCC’s staff – our Community Health Workers. More community members are turning to us for help in accessing public benefits for the first time in their lives, unaccustomed to navigating the public benefits systems.

Fortunately, CCHCC is a dedicated, dynamic, and nimble organization with highly skilled and experienced staff.

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CCHCC Annual Awards Dinner is CANCELED. Here’s what we’re doing instead, and how you can help.

April 28,2020

In the interest of everyone’s health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, Champaign County Health Care Consumers has canceled our 2020 Annual Awards Dinner, which would have been held in May this year.

Although we cannot gather for our annual celebration, CCHCC staff are still working very hard every day to serve our community during the coronavirus pandemic. We have had an increase in the number of clients we are serving as a result of community members losing employment and income, and needing extra resources during the Shelter-in-Place order.

Medicaid, SNAP, Rx help, cash assistance and more!
Although we are working remotely, we are helping an increasing number of clients and community members to get the resources they and their families need during these challenging times. We have clients who have lost income and health insurance and who don’t know where to turn for other resources. We are here to help! We continue to help individuals and families gain coverage to health insurance, food stamps (SNAP), rental assistance, LIHEAP, prescriptions, and more. We have also successfully distributed cash assistance to numerous households as a result of CCHCC receiving a small grant from the United Way and Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Fund.

Even though we are canceling our Annual Awards Dinner, we still need your support! Here is how you can help us.
Our Annual Awards Dinner, and our Adbook program for the Dinner, are major annual fundraisers for CCHCC. Although we have had to cancel our Dinner, we are not in a financial position to be able to do without the income that our Dinner and Adbook provides every year. So, if you normally contribute to our Dinner or Adbook, please consider doing so this year anyway. Here are a couple of ways you can help support CCHCC.

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CCHCC 42nd Annual Awards Dinner! Friday, May 3, 2019 – RSVP Today

Dear Friend,

The Board and Staff of Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) cordially invite you to join us for our 42nd Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, May 3, 2019.

CCHCC is looking forward to honoring this year’s award recipients (stay tuned – we will be announcing award recipients soon!) and celebrating 42 years of grassroots organizing to improve health care in Champaign County. Please join us for this special celebration!

2019 Awards Recipients
The CCHCC Board and Staff are pleased to announce the Award Recipients for this year’s Annual Awards Dinner. We hope you can join us at the Dinner and help celebrate these incredible individuals:
• Liliana Streber Ramirez – Aimee Olson Advocate Award
• Libeth Rosas – Harry J. Baker Community Service Award
• Kyle Patterson and Stephanie Fortado – Leadership in Government Award
• Mauricio Salinas – Lilia E. Peters Service to New Immigrants and the International Community Award
• 5th & Hill Resident Leaders: Edwin “Ebbie” Cook (In Memoriam), Magnolia “Maggie” Cook, M D Pelmore, Jerry Lewis, and Eileen Oldham – Lifetime Achievement Award

Please help us recognize these extraordinary individuals and the important work they’ve done to improve the health and lives of our community members!

And… for the Golden Bedpan Award (that’s the award you don’t want to get!), there were so many “bad actors” to choose from! But when so many Americans are dying because they can’t afford their prescriptions (like insulin!), even in this time of greater insurance coverage and a “good” economy, because pharmaceutical companies are raising their prices so far out of reach, we are compelled to recognize Big Pharma with the Golden Bedpan Award.

Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Holiday Inn (formerly Hawthorn Suites)
Free Parking | Wheelchair Accessible

The Social Hour will begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner being served at 6:45 p.m. Music provided by local jazz musicians. This year, the main course is a delicious Honey Mustard Chicken, served with roasted potato wedges and asparagus. The vegetarian option will be Stuffed Portobello, filled with Italian braised Vegetables on a bed of blended wild rice. There will be iced tea, coffee, dessert, and a cash bar.

The awards presentation will follow, along with a slideshow of highlights from the past year.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 19. Tickets are $40 each or $340 for a table of 10. If you would like to come to the Dinner but cannot afford the full price of a ticket, please contact CCHCC staff at (217) 352-6533 or by email.

Can’t attend the Dinner? You can still support our work! Make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to help underwrite the cost of tickets for low-income consumers.
https://www.healthcareconsumers.org/shop/

We look forward to seeing you at the Dinner. Thank you for your dedication to health care access and justice in our community!
Sincerely,

Claudia Lennhoff, Executive Director Champaign County Health Care Consumers

Parking/Traffic Note: There is free parking in the lot behind the Holiday Inn (formerly Hawthorn Suites). The lot is on the west side of State St., between Fox Dr. and Kirby Ave.