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NBC Stars to Visit New Mary’s Center Location in Fort Totten

NBC 4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer and American Ninja Warrior Season 7 Finalist Sean Darling-Hammond are long-standing supporters of Mary's Center, which is opening its 7 location for healthcare, education and social services in Fort Totten.

Washington, DC, October 26, 2016 --( On October 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm, NBC 4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer and American Ninja Warrior Season 7 finalist Sean Darling-Hammond will visit the new Mary’s Center location in Fort Totten, Washington, DC in partnership with Briya and Bridges Public Charter Schools for the first official sneak peak of the clinic expected to open its doors on November 1st.

The stars are long-standing supporters of the community health center, which serves over 36,000 participants in the Washington metropolitan area. Maria Gomez, President and CEO of Mary’s Center , and the executive directors of Briya and Bridges, Christie McKay and Olivia Smith, will take Kammerer and Darling-Hammond on a tour through the model school-based clinic to show the impact of integrating healthcare, education and social services under one roof.

Kammerer has served as the Master of Ceremonies for Mary’s Center’s Annual Gala, Noche Tropical, for the past five years says and will serve in that capacity again on October 28th. “I am involved with Mary’s Center because of its powerful model and I think this new center in Fort Totten will really help to improve outcomes in Ward 5 and help families to climb the economic ladder,” he says.

“I’m excited that Mary’s Center and Briya are working to help kids and families overcome obstacles, realize opportunities, and achieve their full potential,” says Darling-Hammond, who is also a practicing pro-bono lawyer, and donates all of his Ninja Warrior winnings to organizations like Mary’s Center that expand educational opportunity. “I'm impressed by their partnership with Bridges, a diverse school serving students of many backgrounds and many students with special needs.”

The Fort Totten site, located on Gallatin Street near the Fort Totten Metro, is Mary’s Center’s seventh location. When fully operational, the 81,000-square-foot location will serve 15,000 participants annually. Services offered at the location include medical care from prenatal to senior care; dental services including pediatric dentistry; and behavioral health care, in addition to the education services provided by both charter schools.

“As an American Ninja Warrior contestant, Sean had to persevere and tackle seemingly insurmountable odds – which is what many of Mary’s Center’s vulnerable neighbors face every day. We’re very happy to have supporters like Sean, Doug and NBC as we work to help local families build better futures,” says Maria Gomez, Mary’s Center, President and CEO.

The new location is just one of Mary’s Center’s expansion projects. In 2017, the Center plans to open an in-house pharmacy, a dedicated behavioral health center, and a larger site in Silver Spring to meet the high demand for its services in Montgomery County.

About Mary’s Center
Founded in 1988, Mary’s Center is a federally qualified health center that provides health care, educational and social services to more than 36,000 individuals from over 100 countries. Using a holistic, multipronged approach, Mary’s Center helps each participant access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence.
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Lyda Vanegas
202 420 7051

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