There is not one aspect of the community of Barron that has not benefited from our charity; Friends of Barron. Started 15 years ago by Dale Lyster, this little light has grown from giving out free school supplies to the kindergarteners to an organization that aids in education, dental and medical health of this tiny rural Mexican town. Below is only a summary of our efforts EDUCATION: FOB has helped build a library for the kindergarten, a computer lab for the middle school, established power and internet to the school buildings, built an adult school for continuing education, and most recently, built a brand new high school. In addition, through FOB's scholarship program, hundreds of smart and promising pupils have been given the opportunity to pursue higher education. Jesus is now a dentist, and Jessica is now a nurse, just a few success stories. DENTAL HEALTH: For the past 5 years, FOB has put on a rigorous and wildly successful dental clinic which has focused on treating children's teeth with fluoride, and educating families and children appropriate dental hygiene. We have data which proves our success; with the observed number of cavities drastically declining among elementary school children. MEDICAL HEALTH: 2017 saw the success of FOB's 4th annual free medical clinic, bringing the total number of patients seen by volunteer physicians and nurses to nearly 800. The clinic treats any and all complaints and aims to educate people about their diseases, offer basic treatments and screening diagnostics, and emphasize the importance of weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. In addition, nearly 1000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses have been donated and given to people who need them. FOB is now looking to help Barron build a permanent medical facility within Barron, and staff it with physicians and nurses. BUT THAT's NOT ALL!! FOB has also launched a small business loan program, to encourage the residents of Barron to strike out on their own and make their own destiny. As you can see, with all this going on, we need funds; to help put kids through college, to buy needed fluoride and toothbrushes, to buy medications and diagnostic equipment, and to fund the dreams of small business. Join us for our Gala, not only will you enjoy a nice evening, but your generosity won't go to waste! Buy a ticket today.