Charis advances to 'Engaged 8,' needs community support to win $10K

Charis Health Center is one step closer to winning $10,000 in the Brackets For Good fundraising tournament, and it needs to score some serious donations this week to defeat Cottage Cove Urban Ministries, which has scored more than 7,000 points so far in the tournament.

“We have a formidable opponent this week, and we need all the support we can get from the community to win this round and stay in the running for the championship and $10,000,” said Lea Rowe, Charis Health Center’s executive director. “Every donation helps, regardless of the amount.”

To donate, visit The “Engaged 8” round ends Friday at 8 p.m. Every dollar donated to Charis Health Center through is a point scored for Charis.

Charis Health Center outscored the Little Pantry That Could on March 17 to win the “Supported 16” bracket. There are now eight local nonprofits remaining in the “Engaged 8” round of the tournament.

Charis Health Center provides primary health care to uninsured residents in the Middle Tennessee area. Despite the Affordable Care Act, health care is still not affordable to many hardworking people in our community. Charis serves the individuals and families in the coverage gap. Charis operates similar to a regular doctor’s office, but it’s staffed primarily by volunteers. Through support from the community, Charis is able to limit the cost to patients to $25 for an office visit.

 For more information on becoming a patient or volunteer, call 615-773-5785. 

Brackets For Good is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit charitable organization focused on activating new donors and increasing awareness for other nonprofit organizations through competitive online fundraising at no cost. Since the inaugural tournament in 2012, new awareness, fundraising capacity and more than $2.75 million was raised for hundreds of charitable organizations across the country in an innovative and fun way. For more information, visit