Tiffany Schleppegrell

Project Care Free Clinic of Grand Rapids welcomes the public to their annual open house being held in conjunction with the First Friday Downtown Art Walk on Friday, July 5 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tiffany Schleppegrell, the new Executive Director of Project Care Free Clinics of the Iron Range, will be present to welcome guests.

Schleppegrell, a native of Hibbing, was hired in mid-May to oversee the three clinics in Hibbing, Virginia and Grand Rapids. She had been a Project Care board member and currently has a small business in medical billing. A graduate from St. Scholastica with a degree in organizational leadership, Schleppegrell is excited about getting out in each community to meet funders, civic groups and the business community, bringing the message of volunteer service and healthcare for people who are uninsured or underinsured. Project Care Free Clinics receive no state or federal monies, running on grants, fundraisers and direct contributions. Providing basic medical care, health education and networking, this non-profit provides the gap for people who do not qualify for Minnesota programs and cannot afford private market health insurance.

Project Care in Grand Rapids began participating in the First Friday Downtown Art Walks three years ago for warm weather months. To welcome Schleppegrell to Grand Rapids, Project Care is bringing Mike Monson and Kim Hanson Curtis-Monson, The Fish Head’s from Duluth, to offer up a musical fare of vintage rock, pop, country and bluegrass. Kim, also known as “Suzy,” is a 1977 Grand Rapids High School graduate who, with husband Mike, have delighted audiences for more than 25 years. They play guitar, bass, mandolin and will delight art walk attendees with an array of rocking folk and bluegrass music. The Fish Heads will have CD’s available for sale along with t-shirts and coffee mugs. Check out their website and tunes at: https://www.bigfishtunes.com/

The featured indoor artist is Shannon Fitch, pre-school education teacher, youth radio coordinator, side disk spinner and volunteer DJ at KAXE Radio. Fitch is working to raise money for the ISD 318 Endowment Fund and is presenting collaborative and individual pieces done by daycare children. Fitch, who dabbles in fun and playful art, has bohemian flavor of spark, hip, cool and color in all she creates or draws. She is an avid advocate who supports music and arts in education. 

If the weather is clear and sunny, Project Care will be having pop-up sidewalk vendors to add to the open house festivities. Refreshments and treats will be served.  

Project Care Free Clinic is located at 100 NW 3rd Street, Suite 2 – look for the red clinic front across from the Herald Review office. You can follow this event at https://www.facebook.com/ProjectCareGrandRapids/  

Learn more about Project Care Free Clinics at: https://www.projectcarefreeclinic.com/ or by emailing Site Coordinator Pam Dowell at pam-projectcare@qwestoffice.net

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