On Wednesday, officials with WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) donated over $575,000 to the El Paso Strong fund, set up to help victims of the August 3 Walmart massacre.
WellMed presented the check to City Representative Henry Rivera and Paso del Norte Community Foundation CEO, Tracy Yellen at WellMed’s new location at 615 Zaragoza.
The gift represents the largest donation from one group to Paso del Norte for One Fund El Paso. Three of the 22 victims killed in the El Paso shooting were WellMed patients.
Soon after the tragedy, the WCF set up the El Paso Strong fund and asked WellMed employees to donate to help victims and families. WellMed matched donations from WellMed employees. Employees in all WellMed markets contributed to the El Paso Strong fund.
Additionally, WellMed founder Dr. George Rapier and his wife Kym pledged $500,000 to the El Paso Strong fund to help victims of the El Paso shooting and their families.
The Paso del Norte Community Foundation established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund in the hours after the shooting to support victims and their families. The PDN Community Foundation is working with One Fund El Paso to distribute the philanthropic resources to victims and families.
The WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) is the philanthropic partner of WellMed Medical Management, Inc., a large health care company that specializes in care of older adults, serving more than 600,000 patients in more than a dozen communities in Florida, New Mexico and Texas, including El Paso.