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Classes, Events and Screenings Women's Giving Circle Features Lovingkindness Meditation


Penelope McCarthy will lead a Lovingkindness meditation  at the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation’s (PCHD) Women’s Giving Circle fall event on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th St., Newport.

Based in the Buddhist tradition, Lovingkindness practice is an antidote to fear. In this brief guided practice, participants will first befriend themselves, then a loved one, a neutral person, the world and then again themselves.

The Women’s Giving Circle offers a unique opportunity to learn more about health care and philanthropy as well as contribute to a fund benefitting women and children within the scope of patient care provided by Samaritan Pacific Health Services (SPHS). To join the PCHD Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle, participants make an annual donation of $250, which can be made in monthly installments of $25 each.

“We have funded everything from dental vans that serve low income patients to medical transportation assistance for people with cancer,” said Ursula Marinelli, PCHD Foundation executive director. “This year, the circle provided funding for the Safe Sleep program in the SPHS obstetrics department to help ensure every baby born in our hospital has a safe place to sleep when they go home. This can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.” 

Current Women’s Giving Circle participants and women interested in joining are invited to attend free of charge. A salad buffet will be served. Reservations are required by Oct. 3 and seating is limited.

To make a reservation or for more information, call 541-574-4745