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Annual Salad Festival Successful

FAIRBURY — More than $1,200 was raised during the annual salad festival of the Jefferson Community Health Center Auxiliary on May 19 in Fairbury.

A total of 210 people were served at the festival, according to Lana Likens, director of public relations, marketing and development at Jefferson Community Health Center. The Salad Festival is the biggest fund-raiser for the JCHC Auxiliary each year, and has a long tradition in Fairbury. The first festival was held in 1965.

“It takes a tremendous amount of community support to have a fund-raiser continue for more than 50 years. We thank all of those who help to make this event successful,” Likens said. “We hope it is a fun spring event that people know also helps to fund good work by the auxiliary.”

The salad festival itself takes much volunteer time and effort, Likens said. More than 35 individuals volunteer their time to help during the day and more than 85 items of food are donated. This year, seed money from a Thrivent Financial action team also helped to cover some of the expenses of the event.

Gardenside and the Gardenside/Cedarwood/JCHC Relay for Life team decorated tables with fresh flowers from Gardenside’s courtyards and had Relay for Life information on display.

The auxiliary provides scholarships to students entering medical fields, provides baby spoons for newborns at JCHC, and provides Christmas gifts for JCHC’s nursing home residents, in addition to providing volunteer support for JCHC in a variety of ways.