Tasteful event raises $25,000 for Marillac Clinic

An annual benefit event showcasing Grand Valley foods and beverages raised $25,000 for a clinic providing health care services in Mesa County.

Anne Tally, co-owner of the Wine Country inn, and Ben VanHoose, vice president of Alpine Bank, presented a check to Kay Ramachandran, executive director of the Marillac Clinic. St. Mary’s Hospital also joined as a major sponsor of the 2016 Edesia.

Other sponsors were Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Country Elegance Florists, Eagle River Associates, FCI Constructors, KKCO 11 News, Magic 93.1, the Palisade Chamber of Commerce and Town of Palisade, Peczuh Printing, Shamrock Foods, Suzi Productions, Uniform Junction and the Vault 100.7.

The latest donation brings to $111,000 the total contributions raised for the clinic over the past six years.

The April 3 event at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade featured local chefs and vendors serving gourmet food and beverages and also demonstrating their skills.

“Nothing smells and tastes more like community philanthropy than the Edesia event. It gives you that warm feeling of giving, contributing, taking care of the marginalized in your own community and, above all, bringing a diverse group together to make the event the great success it is,” Ramanchandran said. 

Tally said her family supports Marillac Clinic because they know people who use the medical, dental and behavioral health services the clinic provides. “Those dollars translate into real time care for so many patients who might fall through the cracks. Marillac is there to help.”

Edesia offers good food and a good time for a good cause, Tally said. “Edesia was an entertaining event featuring local foods and talent that our guests enjoyed a great deal.”