MedShare celebrated 20 years of good deeds delivering medical supplies worldwide at its Kaleidoscope gala Sept. 29. Five hundred attended the anniversary celebration at The Fairmont event center.
Charles R. Evans and his wife, Renee, who are very active in the medical and Jewish communities, were host chairs.
Giving the opening remarks was Charles Evans, a past MedShare chairman, president of the International Health Services Group and senior advisor at Jackson Healthcare.
MedShare has impacted more than 20 million people in 100 countries with over 17 million pounds of medical supplies and equipment delivered to communities in need around the world.
Charles worked with MedShare, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in arranging for the shipment of 70, forty-foot containers with needed medical supplies and equipment over two years.
“MedShare recovers excess medical supplies in this country and gets them to where they are needed in the world. Note that these meet very strict standards as certified and perfectly usable in the U.S.” The JDC works to alleviate hunger and hardship, and to provide immediate relief for victims in the countries they serve.
“I’m so proud of Charles and MedShare,” Renee Evans said. They supported my work with The Jewish Federations of North America along with UPS in getting generators to Puerto Rico right after the hurricane.”
The Puerto Rico project was the result of a call from Jewish Federation of Broward County President Michael Balaban.
Renee passionately believes in Tikkun Olam and organized “Hanukkah for Houston” during the area’s recent disaster and devastation. Renee serves on JFNA’s health care committee and overseas board. She is a board member of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (IMPACT! scholarship program), and a Hadassah Foundation national board member.
Charles founded IHSG in 2007 as a social enterprise to support health services development in underserved areas of the world. The group’s mission is to work with established organizations to supplement their skills in healthcare management and development. Current projects are located in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. IHSG also encourages international partnerships between U.S. hospitals and those in economically developing countries.
Charles is noted for his expert opinion and analyses on the factors that have driven up the cost of insurance and health care in America. He is a member of the International Hospital Federation, past chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a governance fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
The Evanses are members of Congregation Dor Tamid.