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Annual Salad Festival Successful

FAIRBURY – A total of  $1,200 was raised during the annual salad festival of the Jefferson Community Health Center Auxiliary on May 22 in Fairbury.

A total of 230 people were served at the festival, according to Lana Likens, director of public relations, marketing and development at Jefferson Community Health Center. This year’s attendance was about the same as last year’s, Likens said.

“We were very pleased,” Likens said.

The salad festival is the biggest fund-raiser for the auxiliary each year, and has a long tradition in Fairbury, she said. She has recently found evidence that the Salad Festival likely began in 1965, just a few years after the hospital opened as Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in 1963.

“We plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Salad Festival next year,” Likens said.

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.

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.

“It takes a group effort to make this annual event successful,” Likens said.

This year, Gardenside and Cedarwood decorated tables and had displays. They also had a raffle basket available for entries to benefit the Gardenside/Cedarwood/JCHC Relay for Life team.

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