The Affinia Healthcare Foundation

The Affinia Healthcare Foundation endeavors to secure financial resources to address unmet healthcare needs in our community through the strategic initiatives of Affinia Healthcare.

We appreciate the generosity of our donors, standing with the Affinia Healthcare Foundation to address healthcare inequities, supporting our mission, to address unmet health care needs for vulnerable people in our community through the strategies of Affinia Healthcare!

Your donations help mothers give birth to healthy babies, and to decrease the prevalence of diabetes and other diseases, dental caries, substance use disorders, as well as, support access to COVID-19 services such as testing, vaccines and treatment.

Use the link below to make a tax-deductible donation to the Affinia Healthcare Foundation.

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Foundation Announces Gala Honorees

The annual fundraiser for the Affinia Healthcare Foundation is returning to the Stifel Theater September 14 and this year’s gala is honoring those leading the charge for equity for all. The Starburst Gala is the premiere fundraising event for the Affinia Healthcare Foundation.

The Affinia Healthcare Foundation provides funding and resources to support healthcare and services for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in our community, through the work of Affinia Healthcare, our community health center.

“This year the theme of our Starburst Gala is Advancing Equity, focusing on the health disparities among Black, Brown, Veterans, LGBTQIA+ individuals and other vulnerable populations in our region,” explained Yvonne Buhlinger, Executive Vice President for the Foundation. “Each of the leaders recognized with our Advancing Equity award during the Starburst Gala have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields and a stellar level of commitment to equity for our community.”

Those leaders being honored at the Starburst Gala in the following categories are: 

Immigrant and Refugee Health
Arrey Obenson, President and CEO, International Institute of St. Louis
Antonio Maldonado, Chair of the Hispanic Leaders Group of Greater St. Louis
Kris Le, President, St. Louis Vietnamese Community

Dental Health for Veterans
Dr. Herbert Silva, Professor, A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health/St. Louis Dental Center, and Founder of Veterans Smiles

Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders and Violence Prevention
Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney

Maternal and Infant Health
Infant Health – Dr. Yolette Brown, Pediatrician and former Chief Medical Officer at Affinia Healthcare
Maternal Health – Kendra Copanas, Executive Director, Generate Health

Unhoused Services
Opal Jones, President and CEO, Doorways

LGBTQIA+ Community Outreach and Support
Right Reverend Bishop Deon Johnson, Episcopal Diocese of Missouri

Sponsor or register to attend the Starburst Gala!

To sponsor or register to attend the Starburst Gala, please click the following link:

For additional information, contact:
Yvonne Buhlinger, Foundation Executive Vice President
Phone: 314-814-8507

Donate by Mail

To make a gift by mail, send your check made payable to:

Affinia Healthcare Foundation
PO Box 551
St. Louis, MO, 63188-0551


If you like to make a donation for a specific health care need, our current priorities include:

$1,000 Level

• Provides comprehensive medical and dental care for one adult patient for a year
• Provide medical visits for one newborn for the first year
• Provide behavioral health visits for six months to a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder

$500 Level

• Dental visits for one year for a patient
• Acute substance abuse treatment for one month for an opioid abuser
• Prenatal visit with lab testing and ultrasound for one uninsured pregnant woman

$350 Level

• Insulin and supplies for a diabetic patient for one month
• Hepatitis B series of vaccines for three patients
• Preventive dental visit and dental sealants for an uninsured child

$175 Level

• One medical visit for an uninsured child
• One diagnostic mental health visit for a child
• Language interpretation for two dental visits
• Asthma medication for an uninsured child for one month
• Three pairs of eyeglasses for uninsured children

$50 Level

• Reading of one screening mammogram for an uninsured woman
• One podiatry visit for an uninsured patient
• PSA testing to screen for prostate cancer for ten men

Used the button below to Fund-A-Need for the Affinia Healthcare Foundation today!

Shop for Our Cause

Thank you to our women-owned and minority-owned businesses listed below who supported our most recent Shop for Our Cause. Ten percent of the proceeds from your purchase are donated by the businesses to support the Affinia Healthcare Foundation mission!

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Starburst Gala 2022 – Endless Vision

The Affinia Healthcare Foundation’s fourth Starburst Gala was held in virtual format on April 2, 2022. Below is an encore presentation of our Starburst Gala – Endless Vision.

The Affinia Healthcare Foundation is very grateful for the support of our donors for the Starburst Gala and our vital mission!

Use the button below to add your donation in support of our mission!

Proof Positive - Documentary Film

Join us for the encore presentation of the Affinia Healthcare Foundation’s documentary film, PROOF POSITIVE – Affinia Healthcare Super Heroes Defend Against the Coronavirus! This film features Affinia Healthcare’s COVID-19 testing activities and exceptional response to the novel coronavirus threat, caring for the most vulnerable individuals and under-resourced communities St. Louis region.

There is no cost to view the documentary. Donations to the Affinia Healthcare Foundation are welcome and encouraged.

Use the button below to make a donation.

Starburst Gala 2019 – Boldly Inspired!

A special thank you to all donors and sponsors of our 3rd Annual Starburst Gala – Boldly Inspired.

Use the button below to see the event feature in Ladue News.

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