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Annual Salad Festival Successful

FAIRBURY — More  than $1,000 was raised during the annual salad festival of the Jefferson Community Health Center Auxiliary on May 21 in Fairbury.

A total of 235 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 slightly higher 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. This was celebrated as the 50th anniversary of the Salad Festival, which was first held in April 1965. A commemorative cookbook – including history of the auxiliary and salad festival, and recipes from auxiliary members past and present – was produced and is available for purchase.

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 decorated tables with fresh flowers from their courtyards.