Eating for a Cause

Make your escape to Paris, France during the Passport to Paris Fundraiser Dinner starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, October 21 in Stockton’s St. Thomas Parish Center.  This freewill donation French dinner benefits Rooks County Healthcare Foundation. On the menu, is fresh, homemade ratatouille served over rice or mashed potatoes, French bread, crêpes, cookies and ice cream.

“Over the years the Rooks County Healthcare Foundation has supported so many rural health entities and initiatives in Rooks County,” said Genny Robben-Rahjes, APRN and Passport Dinner organizer. “This is a great way to support a Foundation that cares about rural health care and assists with continual quality care in Rooks County.”

Since 2010, RCHF has assisted in the following projects: building a new medical clinic in Stockton, along with the recruitment of two physicians; purchasing digital mammography equipment with diagnostic capability, ultrasound, pediatric transducers for ultrasound procedures and new surgical equipment for Rooks County Health Center; purchasing educational equipment for EMS that allows training of new first responders and teaches current EMTs new emergency management techniques; purchasing defibrillators for local ambulance services; purchasing a tracker system along with new mobile blood pressure cuffs for one of the long term care facilities in Rooks County; provided preventative health educational opportunities; and providing Rooks County cancer patients with travel and supplement vouchers, along with assistance in locating other resources for cancer patients and their families through Rooks County Cancer Council.  RCHF also helped raise funds for the purchase of the public transportation van, which assists those in the county to remain independent.

“Rural health care in Rooks County affects each citizen in one way or another,” said Robben-Rahjes. “This dinner allows people to enjoy great French cuisine while supporting a great cause. There will be plenty of food, so please feel free to bring your family.”

The Passport to Paris Fundraiser Dinner is made possible with the support of the following sponsors: Palco, Plainville, Stockton Ambulance Services, Post Rock Family Medicine, Redbud Village, Rooks County Cancer Council, Rooks County Health Center, Solomon Valley Manor, Stockton National Bank, Farm Bureau Insurance of Plainville, Farmer’s National Bank and J-Mart of Stockton.