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Celebrating 40 Years of Services at the 8th Annual Gala

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 -- This year, FEMAP is marking 40 years of service and FEMAP Foundation is celebrating 20 years of bringing together two nations to address the needs of our Region. Please join us on Friday, September 20 at the 8th Annual Friends of FEMAP International Gala and be part of the festivity. The fundraiser gala will take place at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center at 7 p.m.

What was born out of the need to bring the best maternal and child health services to the poorest communities in 1973, has grown into a dynamic, progressive system of essential services that today features two critical care hospitals, a nursing school, a micro-enterprise incubator and countless health promotion programs to the most disadvantaged people, as well as, human and social development programs for children and adolescents.

For four decades, FEMAP has grown organically. Changes have occurred and expansion has taken place, adding new programs and services in the areas of education through its school of nursing, and social programs for youth and women in an ever more complex setting. Innovative programs, as much a part of vision as of necessity, have continually been undertaken in response to the needs of the community FEMAP serves.

Mrs. Guadalupe De La Vega’s vision was to be able to offer a wide range of medical and community services to people living in poverty. The flagship institution, Hospital de la Familia, is located only a few hundred yards from the two bridges that link El Paso with Cd. Juarez. Health services include two hospitals, a nursing school, and extensive community outreach. Each year services are provided to more than 200,000 people of whom more than 20 percent come from the United States. Most are living below or near the poverty level.

FEMAP’s community health services are at the center of its mission. Organized to deal with the health and social needs of individual families, the health services are intended to help service recipients change their lives. Historically, FEMAP saw health and wellness in the context of community development. To diversify its services, FEMAP built on its holistic approach to health, utilizing Mrs. De La Vega’s “Promotoras” model. Drawing on the fields of education, social work, and economic development, FEMAP added an array of services, such as micro-financing for small enterprises.

Joins us in the celebration! Corporate tables of 10 for $1,500 – Each corporate table is acknowledged in the event’s program, annual report, website and and includes two complimentary bottles of wine. Individual tickets are also available.

To reserve a corporate table, secure individual tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brenda Rodriguez at (915)544-4151 or