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Parties: Giving by the Bay

by Catherine Bigelow | Photography by Joseph Driste

spite of permit delays and the typical red tape endured when building or improving a San Francisco facility, Gazette co-owner Janet Reilly and Clinic by the Bay executive director Sarah Gordon persisted. And their almost seven-year effort to establish an expanded facility is nearing the finish line.

To celebrate that persistence, Reilly, along with her husband and fellow Gazette co-owner, Clint Reilly, as well as auctioneer Liam Mayclem, hosted 150 supporters — including Mayor London Breed and District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai — on June 9 at the Reillys’ Merchants Exchange Club for ¡Viva Clinic by the Bay!, a fiesta-style cocktail buffet and fundraiser that raised $215K for clinic health programs.

Cofounded in 2010 by Janet Reilly and Scott Hauge, Clinic by the Bay is a volunteer-powered organization that has served some 12,000 patients since inception, providing free, high-quality health services for the working uninsured in San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

Currently operating in the Outer Mission, the clinic will move nearby to a newly renovated center — the former Alemany Emergency Hospital, City Landmark $272 in the Excelsior District — in early 2023. The larger venue allows the clinic to add dentistry to its roster of services, which presently includes mental health, nutrition support and primary care.

“The clinic is driven by the belief that every individual, regardless of their ability to pay, where they grew up or what zip code they live in, has a right to basic medical care. And to receive that care with dignity and respect,” shared Janet Reilly. “We see our patients as people, not as the illnesses they present, and strive to create a community. One person at a time.”

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