Luau Partner – Shared beat

10 Aug

We’re excited to have Shared Beat join us as a partner for the 2012 “Aloha Summer” Luau community fundraiser in Boerne, TX!

Shared Beat was started in 2006 by Boerne residents Dr. Wright Hartsell and Jenny Hartsell along with Dr. Marie Berkenkamp and Jeff Beal, DDS to fulfill a need for medical support in an educational reinforcement project serving the children living around a Guatemala dump.

Dr. Wright Hartsell examining a baby in Guatemala in 2011

Shared beat currently serves nonprofits and educational programs in 22 Guatemalan communities with the mission of empowering children and their families through health & wellness care and education so they can achieve self reliance and a positive future.

Since 2006, Shared Beat has logged 35,000+ volunteer hours on 15 medical outreach trips with 240 volunteers from 18 states. The board is 100% volunteer and every individual who goes on a medical outreach trip raises their own support.

Shared Beat’s impact:

Medical Program

Medical Team Outreach Twice a Year

  • Total patients to date- 8,800
  • Total Prescriptions- 14,000

Safe Passage Outreach- Our main project, an educational reinforcement program

  • Annual physical & visual exams for 550+ students
  • Annual Emergency Fund for students
  • Yearly supplies & medication donations
  • Monetary support for a full-time Guatemalan nurse and part-time Guatemalan physician
  • Monetary support for a Health Promoter & Health Education Teacher

Vision Program

To date Shared Beat has supplied over 635 pairs of glasses and reading glasses.

Scholarship Program

Scholarships are provided for qualified adult and traditional students who wish to enter a career in health care. Ten students are currently in the program and two have graduated and are practicing nurses.

Vitamin Program

Daily Vitamins for 4800 Children, Pregnant & Nursing Mothers & at risk senior adults


The annual “Aloha Summer” Luau serves two purposes: 1) To celebrate the end of summer with an authentic Hawaiian luau and 2) to raise awareness and support for the non-profit and community organizations that serve Boerne. We’re proud to have over 15 partners this year and will feature each one leading up to the luau on August 25h from 6-11pm at the Agricultural Heritage Center. For more information about the luau or the featured organization, email Reagan Pugh at – aloha!


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