On May 22, 2014, a record-number 230 guests came out to help people in need at Bastyr University’s annual Spring for Health Luncheon at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. The event raised $75,000 to help defray the costs of uncompensated care for underserved patients who visit the University’s teaching clinics, Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle and Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego.
In 2013, Bastyr Center provided nearly $2 million worth of uncompensated care to medically underserved communities at its teaching clinics and at 21 community care sites in Seattle and San Diego.
Academy-Award nominated actor, author and activist Mariel Hemingway shared her story about why she is a strong supporter of a holistic and natural lifestyle. Hemingway, who has starred in such movies as Manhattan, Lipstick and Personal Best, is the author of four books focusing on mind-body-spirit optimization and purposeful living. She also discusses mental health, suicide and addiction in a new documentary about her family, “Running from Crazy.”
In addition to hearing Hemingway speak, guests received copies of her new book, Running with Nature: Stepping into the Life You Were Meant to Live. They were also treated to free onsite health screenings by Bastyr nutrition, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine students.
The luncheon was once again emceed by respected KING-TV anchor Jean Enersen, a strong supporter of Bastyr University and Bastyr Center. Corporate support was provided by Barlean’s Organic Oils, Bioclinic Naturals, La Vita Compounding Pharmacy, Pamela Rolfe, US Bank and Choice Organic Teas, among others.