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RGC City Staff Supports Efforts by ‘Friends for Hope’ Organization at their annual Christmas Party

Mayor Joel Villarreal and several officials of the City of Rio Grande City attended the 2023 Friends for Hope Christmas Party for the Vannie Cook Children’s Clinic on Monday, December 11th, at Main Event in Pharr, Texas.

During this event, everyone helped pass out different gifts for the patients in attendance and had the chance to get to know each of the families. “It was a beautiful event for a great cause and we encourage everyone to learn about this wonderful nonprofit organization,” stated Rio Grande City Mayor Joel Villarreal.

According to their official website, Friends for Hope is an organization of individuals from Rio Grande Valley who are dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of children from our community suffering from cancer. Their mission is to raise funds for the Vannie E. Cook, Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic.

Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer Clinic is the region’s first state-of-the-art pediatric hematology/oncology clinic, it stands as the only comprehensive pediatric cancer treatment facility in South Texas. Their goal is to ensure patients receive the most up-to-date care and treatment, without the need to leave the region and regardless of ability to pay. Learn more at 



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