Virginia Garcia to host benefit concert Feb. 1
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is planning a first-ever benefit concert next month, to raise money for its women's clinic in Hillsboro.
On Thursday, Feb. 1, Virginia Garcia will host a concert at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., in Portland, to raise money for The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Women's Clinic, which opened last year.
Virginia Garcia, a Cornelius-based nonprofit health center, provides primary healthcare to low-income patients in Washington and Yamhill counties.
Headlining the show is Fernando Viciconte, a Portland songwriter and Oregon Music Hall of Famer who has released eight studio albums. Also performing will be Freddy Trujillo and Edna Vazquez.
"We're all pretty excited about it," Woidyla said. "It's really coming together … Latino music is a beautiful music," she said. "If you've never experienced it, we want you to come and enjoy some great music in a really great setting."
All of the proceeds will go to support the Women's Clinic, which offers obstetric and postpartum care to women across Washington County. Located at Tuality Hospital, the clinic offers group classes for pregnant women.
"The money we raised will go toward programs like that in our women's clinic," said Kasi Woidyla, a spokeswoman with Virginia Garcia.
The event will include a raffle and other merchandise for sale.
Woidyla said the idea for the concert came from last year's total solar eclipse.
"One of our doctors at the women's clinic went to Central Oregon for the eclipse and attended a Latino concert and started thinking about how cool it would be to have something like that for Virginia Garcia," Woidyla said. "She has a lot of connections and spoke with Fernando, who really picked up the ball and ran with it."
Doors to the 21-and-over show open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available through Mississippi Studios' website.