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AmFirst presents

The 5th Annual Community of Hope Fundraiser


May 13, 2024

Pelham, Ala.-The Community of Hope Health Clinic-A Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, held their 5th Annual CHHC Fundraiser, presented by AmFirst, on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at the Pelham Civic Complex. The goal of the event was to raise $50,000 by the end of the event.

Jody Fuller, solder, comedian, writer, and motivational speaker was the keynote speaker on an evening in which nearly 190 people attended to learn more about what the Community of Hope Health Clinic offers to the indigent of Shelby County.

"The turnout was amazing for this event," Executive Director, Justin Johnston said. "We had never had more than 120 attend and we had a lot of new faces in the crowd, which was good because it allowed us to not only give people a first glimpse into who we were, but more importantly how the clinic added so many services since the beginning of the pandemic."

Johnston said the goal for the event was to raise $50,000 to help with those services which include primary care, physical therapy, mental health/counseling, dermatology, prenatal/postpartum checks, and an on-site dispensary. By the end of the event, donors had given more than $60,000.

At the event CHHC Treasurer and Board Member, Mike Northrup who works for AmFirst as a Senior Vice President, announced that if the goal was met, Johnston would removed his beard and cut all of the hair from his head. 

"On Friday, I did two live videos via the CHHC Facebook page in which I shaved at the clinic and then at home I had my wife help me cut use clippers to remove my hair," Johnston said.

The program for the event included a newly produced promotional video for the clinic, a volunteer testimonial from Volunteer Trainer Jorge Vargas, a patient testimonial from Claudia Grado (interpreted by Operations Director, Maria Fernanda Vidal), Johnston's State of the Clinic, and a 25-minute set by Fuller that included some of his comedy routine, but also tied in giving back to the community. 

"To raise that much money in one night is amazing for the clinic," Johnston said. "On this one evening, we raised about double of what we had ever raised in one night. But we cannot stop there. because we would like to continue to see if we can get to the next level by eventually raising $100,000 through this campaign. We've also set up a crowdsourcing platform to account for many of the unforeseen expenses the clinic has incurred this year."

The Community of Hope Health Clinic is a nonprofit free and charitable located in Pelham and provides services to Shelby County Residents who live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and do not have access to private insurance or government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid or VA benefits. Founded in 2008, CHHC moved to its present location in 2023 at 1970 Chandalar Office Park Circle Pelham, Ala. 35124.

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What: AmFirst presents the 5th Annual CHHC Fundraiser
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Where: Pelham Civic Center 500 Amphitheater Rd Pelham, AL 35124
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Please RSVP by May 3, 2024

For the 5th time, AmFirst is sponsoring the Community of Hope Health Clinic's Annual Fundraiser at the Pelham Civic Center. The event is free to attend, but an RSVP is required. Come learn about this faith-based mission to provide healthcare to the indigent of Shelby County. To RSVP, please scan the QR Code above (above "Scan Me") and fill out the Google Form, or you can contact Justin Johnston at

The guest speaker for this event is Jody Fuller who is a comic, speaker, writer, and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. For more information on Jody, you can go to his website by clicking here. For his comedy set, check out his Dry Bar Routine on Youtube by clicking here.
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2017 Guest Speaker Thomas Rayam

Former Alabama, NFL, and CFL Player


2018 Guest Speaker Norton Dill

Documentarian  and Bluegrass Singer


2019 Guest Speaker Todd Geralds

Author of the book , Woodlawn

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2023 Guest Speaker Lauren Sisler

Former NCAA Gymnast, SEC Network, Motivational Speaker

Can't attend and would like to donate to CHHC?

Donations are crucial to continue CHHC's operations and provide much-needed medical care to those in need.
You can make a difference by donating today clicking the links or by scanning on of the QR codes above for Square or Paypal or by sending a check or money order to:

P.O. BOX 177
PELHAM, AL 35124
Many individuals make one time donations, but if you would like to make a bi-annually, quarterly, or monthly donation, you can contact Justin at It's quick, easy, and all donations are tax deductible as CHHC is a 501(c) organization.
Join us in supporting the Community of Hope Health Clinic and making a positive impact on the health and well-being of our community.
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