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On Thursday, Sept. 1, Thyme Café and Market will host a free wine tasting and fundraiser for Westside Family Health Center from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at Thyme Café and Market at 1630 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and grab dinner or a gift while supporting a great, local business and giving back to a much-needed, local cause.

Twenty percent of wine and retail purchase and ten percent of food purchase (dine-in or take-out) will help WFHC provide quality health care to women, men and children in need in your community.

Since 1974, Westside Family Health Center, located in Santa Monica at 1711 Ocean Park Boulevard right next to the Big Blue Bus stop, has been at the forefront of providing outstanding health care and health education to low-income and uninsured women, men and their families who live throughout Los Angeles County. Using the same philosophy of education, empowerment and partnership as the founders, Westside Family Health Center currently provides five core programs: Family Practice, Blooming Babies Prenatal, Strong Start Pediatrics, Reproductive Health Services and Community Outreach and Education. Westside Family Health Center also provides low or no cost immunizations for children to help them get ready to go back to school.

In 2009, Maire Byrne, Los Angeles native and Culinary Institute of America graduate, opened Thyme Café & Market. In October 2015, Byrne opened her second restaurant on Ocean Park Blvd., Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, a casual dining experience that will pair small plates with exceptional wines and cocktails. In March 2016, Mrs. Byrne opened Quinnie and B, a children’s toy shop, just steps away from Thyme Café and Market.

“We love working with Maire Byrne at Thyme Café and Market. Her generous support as a neighboring business owner means a lot to us and these events help to encourage other individuals and businesses to support WFHC. WFHC team members love eating at Thyme Café and Market and we are grateful that they are supporting our important work. Partnerships between local businesses and non-profits help make our community better,” said Debra A. Farmer, Westside Family Health Center’s President/Chief Executive Officer.

For more information, about WFHC, visit www.wfhcenter.org. To make a donation to WFHC, please visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/wfhc.

  • Submitted by Molly Maher, Development Manager Westside Family Health Center