Volunteers in Medicine Host ‘Luau in the Himalaya’

By  //  June 25, 2013

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Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine assists uninsured brevard county residents

ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Medicine Volunteers In Medicine Executive Director Paul Ringenberger talks about the organization’s “Culture of Caring,” which begins with a special group of people including doctors, dentists and staff who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life of the uninsured in our community.


BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Last Sunday evening was host to a charitable night of Asian cuisine, music and dancing as the Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine ‘Luau in the Himalaya’ fund-raiser was held at the Himalayan Asian Bistro in Rockledge.

Dr. Jim Palermo, left, and Space Coast Volunteers In Medicine Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steve Sanderberg.
Dr. Jim Palermo, left, and Space Coast Volunteers In Medicine Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steve Sanderberg.

The nearly 75 volunteers and Good Samaritans who attended this fundraiser helped to insure the well-being of uninsured Brevard County residents in need of medical attention. The Clinic which helps folks with free medical, dental, and chiropractic care is one of seven in Florida, and part of the 91-member Volunteers In Medicine clinic alliance across the United States.

Excited guests Judy Rickling and Lorraine Lambert said they are, “thankful for all the work the clinic personnel are doing, and wish the best of luck in fund-raising for the cause.”

The Himalayan Asian Bistro provided guests with appetizers of spring roll, coconut shrimp, pot stickers, and edamame. The main course buffet included Home style Tofu, Shrimp and mixed vegetables, Buddha’s feast, spicy basil beef and broccoli with chicken.


To accompany the incredible array of food was complimentary beer and wine, as well as Raffle prizes, and live music. A well-known local duo, The Greg and Bryan Band, provided a variety of classic rock with a twist of humor and entertainment that had the crowd dancing the night away.

Paul Ringenberger
Paul Ringenberger

“All proceeds from the Luau benefit the Space Coast walk-ins, because at the clinic, free is truly free,” said Executive Director Paul Ringenberger.

It was a fun filled night that left all that attended with a feeling of fulfillment and joy. Knowing they had helped support a great program that needs crucial support from the community in order to keep its doors open and local residents healthy.


Declan Clifford
Declan Clifford

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Declan Clifford is a third year student at the University of Central Florida in the Digital Media program. He is an enthusiast of all things digital, with a drive for creating a name for himself. Raised in Satellite Beach, Clifford is a frequent beach-goer who loves surfing and is an avid sports fan. He likes to think outside the box and pursue new and interesting ways of education through experience.