Edesia events raise $66,000 for MarillacHealth

Anne Tally

A series of events raised a total of nearly $66,000 to help fund medical, dental and behavioral health care in Mesa County.

The events, marketed collectively as Edesia, raised $65,972 for MarillacHealth.

The events included the Edesia wine dinner and Edesia food and wine showcase at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade as well as a concert at the nearby Grande River Vineyards.

Richard and Jean Tally and their daughter, Anne Tally, own the Wine Country Inn and Grand River Vineyards.

The family launched Edesia — named after the Roman goddess of food — in 2011. Since then, Edesia events have raised a total of more than $437,000 for MarillacHealth. Based in Grand Junction, the nonprofit organization provides medical, dental and behavioral health care services to uninsured and underinsured patients in Mesa County.

“What you are doing here at Marillac, all the work of your doctors and dentists, helps so many people in our valley go to work every day,” Anne Tally said during a check presentation with the MarillacHealth Board of Directors. “As employers, we are grateful for the services you provide. We need you and we are honored to be able to support you with these fund-raisers and these dollars for care.”

Dan Prinster, vice chairman of the MarillacHealth board of directors, praised the efforts. “Events like these make it easier for many patients to afford the care they need. Thanks to the Tallys and their staff for working hard to make Edesia the great fund-raiser it is.”