Tasteful event raises $30,000 for Marillac Clinic

Chefs and instructors from the culinary arts program at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction prepared a VIP luncheon at Edesia, a benefit event that raised $30,000 for the Marillac Clinic. (Photo courtesy Wine Country Inn)

Chefs and instructors from the culinary arts program at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction prepared a VIP luncheon at Edesia, a benefit event that raised $30,000 for the Marillac Clinic. (Photo courtesy Wine Country Inn)

An annual event showcasing food, wine and spirits has raised $30,000 for a clinic providing health care services in Mesa County.

The amount was the most ever for Edesia and brings total contributions to the Marillac Clinic raised over the past seven years to $140,000.

Ian Kelley, general manager of the Wine Country Inn, and Carolee Hawkins, regional marketing director of Alpine Bank, presented a check for $30,000 to Kay Ramachandran, director of the Marillac Clinic.

“This is the largest amount we’ve ever raised,” Kelley said. “We are thrilled about the amount of good this can do for patients in our community. And we still have seed money for next year’s Edesia.”

Ramachandran offered some examples of what $30,000 can potentially provide for patients:

1,500 new patient examinations.

Medical care for 35 patients for a year when a patient averages 3.5 visits a year.

Full sets of dentures for 30 patients, including laboratory costs.

Completing dental treatments for 10 patients.

Named for the Roman goddess of food and drink, Edesia showcases food from local restaurants and caterers as well as Colorado wines, beers and spirits in an event at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. This year, Jack Daniels also served as a presenting sponsor and served samples of its whiskeys.

Chefs and instructors from the culinary arts program at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction prepared a VIP luncheon and presented culinary demonstrations.

Alpine Bank and St. Mary’s Medical Center also served as presenting sponsors.

Other sponsors included Absolute Prestige Limousine Service; Country Elegance Florists; Dalby, Wendland & Co.; Dasani/Swire; Eagle River Associates; Event Productions; Farmer Brothers Coffee; FCI Constructors; Mark and Cathy Green; Hoskin, Farina & Kampf, Oakley, Wanebo, Love, Mendenhall, Keller; Office Outfitters; Palisade Chamber of  Commerce; Palisade Pharmacy; Peczuh Printing; Rocky Mountain Health Plans; Reddy Ice, Shamrock Foods; Shaw Construction; Suzi Productions; Town of Palisade; Whitewater Building Materials; Wine Country Inn; Your Sign Co.;  Your Way Safety & Sign Supply; and 72 Degrees.

The Business Times served as print media sponsor, joining other media sponsors KKCO 11 News, Magic 93.1 and the Vault 100.7.

“We want to thank not only our sponsors, but also our vendors, volunteers and donors who contributed so much to Edesia,” Kelley said. “The generosity of our Grand Valley community is the foundation of our continuing success.”

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