Many businesses and individuals lent support to two separate fund-raisers for Health Ministries Clinic this summer. While it’s impossible to list everyone (admit you’re relieved I didn’t try!), the following are deserving of special public recognition.

On June 28, First United Methodist Church hosted a benefit dinner and auction for 120 people. United Methodist Women donated funds which covered the cost of the meal, prepared by Veri Stroud and Susan Rhoades.

Special guest Rebecca Hansen presented a poignant testimony of her experience as a patient. Area students Levi, Sadie and Silas Minkevitch, Carley Willis, Hannah and Mollie Rhoades, Kristie and Amanda Stroud, and Taylor Voth, acted as servers and displayed live auction items.

Mike Flavin, the singing auctioneer, wowed the crowd with his skills, assisted by his wife, Debbie, and daughter, Molly. Twenty-seven auction items were donated by Anderson Office & Book Supply; Body Shop for Women; Chisholm Trail Factory; Evelyn Mathews; Faith & Life Bookstore; Hinz Motors; Larry Stuchlik; Maggie Smet; McDonald’s; Newton Beadery; Play-mor Lanes; Prairie Harvest; Prairie Oak Alpaca Farm; Renessa Krause; Sand Creek Station Golf Course; Stress Away Massage; Ten Thousand Villages; Terre Solido — Pat Hines, Diana Thacker, Sandy Blackmore, Donna Martinez, Carlin Wake and Sheryal Teater; The Creation Station; and Those Blasted Signs.

A door prize, two tickets to an upcoming PBS “Antiques Roadshow” event in Wichita, was donated by Central Kansas Community Foundation.

On Aug. 23, The Kansas Men in Harmony Chorus had a benefit concert at Newton High School. The chorus was comprised of four barbershop style singing groups: Hutchinson Salt Minors, McPherson Capital Singers, Mac Foursome and the 4-Cylinders of Buhler High School. The evening was filled with songs from the past, evoking happy memories for all in attendance.

Special thanks to Bill and Janette Ryan of Those Blasted Signs and Newton Medical Center for underwriting the event. In the past two years, Health Ministries Clinic has doubled its patient base and now welcomes anyone regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Donations raised through events, such as these, are desperately needed as the clinic reaches out to more people in need.

Please join the board, staff and me as we thank the above individuals for investing in not only the mission, but the overall health of the community.

— Health Ministries Clinic fundraising/marketing committee