Bethesda Health Clinic is a faith-based clinic dedicated to living out the biblical and historical commission of the church to care for those in need by providing affordable and high-quality healthcare for the working uninsured of Smith County. Bethesda Women’s Alliance (BA) is the sister organization to the Bethesda Health Clinic that supports and promotes the not-for-profit Clinic and functions as its fundraising and volunteer service group.
As the current president of BA, Cathy Primer Krafve volunteers in various roles throughout the Clinic and is helping to plan the annual Bethesda Birthday Bash fundraising event to be held Friday, September 21, at Villa di Felicita in Tyler. The evening will include dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. There will also be a live auction of one-of-a-kind birthday cakes decorated by local celebrities, Price Arredondo, Jeff Austin III, Dr. Sunni Boren, LaVerne Gollob, Dr. Shanna Meads, the Reverand Jerome Milton, Jim Perkins, the Reverand John Robbins, and Dr. Sasha Vukelja. Mayor Barbara Bass will be the Mistress of Ceremonies and Sheriff J.B. Smith will serve as auctioneer.
“The members of the BA are excited about the Bethesda Birthday Bash and celebrating the Clinic’s ninth year of bringing healthcare to the working uninsured of Smith County,” Mrs. Krafve said. “One reason I love volunteering for the Clinic is that patients and donors volunteer alongside staff and volunteer doctors. The clinic is just local people reaching out to connect with their neighbors.”
Outside of her service to the BA and Bethesda Health Clinic, Mrs. Krafve serves on the board of directors of C.A.R.E and Project HEAT. She is a member of Rose Toasters Toastmasters, Pi Beta Phi, the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, the Smith County African American Historical Society, the Bullard Chamber of Commerce, and the Tyler Chamber of Commerce.
“I believe that servant leadership is key. If you serve people, success will follow, and nowhere is this truer than in the non-profit sector,” Mrs. Krafve said.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Krafve has resided in Tyler for more than 40 years. She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband, David, have been married for 29 years and are the parents of Anna and son-in-law Drew Pierce, Ellen, and Will. The Krafves are members of Galilee Baptist Church in Flint.
“One of the most beautiful things about living in East Texas is the way volunteering brings people together. I’ve learned so much from the ladies of the Bethesda Women’s Alliance, but the most important lesson I’ve learned is that we pay our volunteers in fun,” Mrs. Krafve said.
For more information about the Bethesda Birthday Bash, please call 903-596-8353.