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 Alliance 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.
Bethesda Alliance executive board member, Gina R. Jones Butler, is serving as chair of the annual 2013 Birthday Bash, celebrating the anniversary of this health care ministry. The fundraiser will be held on Friday evening, September 20, at Villa di Felicita, and will include dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. There will also be a special live auction of one-of-a-kind birthday cakes decorated by local celebrities. Mayor Barbara Bass will be the Mistress of Ceremonies and The Honorable J.B. Smith will serve as auctioneer. All proceeds raised during the evening will be used to support the operations of the clinic.
“While attending the 2011 Birthday Bash, I learned about Bethesda Health Clinic and was impressed with the mission of the clinic and the work of the Bethesda Alliance. I joined the Alliance that night,” Mrs. Butler said. “Being new to the Tyler community, the organization has helped me learn about Tyler’s history and its tradition of community, service, and giving to others.”
Born in Texarkana, Arkansas, Mrs. Butler has resided in the Tyler community for three years. She graduated from Hughes Springs High School in Hughes Springs, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mrs. Butler is employed as the office manager at Donna Cummings Photography and as the wedding coordinator for Centaur Arabian Farms. She and her husband, C. Shane, have been married for 29 years and are the parents of one son, Jacob, and his wife, Rebekah, and one daughter, Callie, and her husband, Todd. They also have two grandchildren, Zoe, 4, and Macie, 2. Before moving to Tyler in 2010, Mrs. Butler, and her husband served for 22 years in youth ministry, and now serve in a house church in the Flint, Texas area.
“Being with, and ministering to, youth of all kinds taught me humility, the importance of service, and the meaning of ‘love your neighbor as you love yourself,’ Mrs. Butler said. “I know that I get one opportunity to do this thing called ‘life.’ I want to honor God with this life He’s given me.”
For more information about the Bethesda Health Clinic and the 2013 Birthday Bash, please visit www.bethesdaclinic.org.