The Health Alliance of Clinton County held its quarterly meeting at the Cape May Campus Center on the evening of January 23. President Kathy Havey welcomed 29 members and guests for a brief social gathering, followed by a delicious buffet dinner catered by McCoy’s Catering.
Following dinner, President Kathy Havey and Immediate Past President Louanne Blumberg presented checks to four charitable organizations. Proceeds of $25,000 from the Holiday Ball Auction were presented to the Cancer Patient Assistance Program and accepted by Pat King, chair of the program.
An additional $10,000 was raised through jewelry sales, book sales and various donations throughout the year. Those proceeds were distributed to: The Scholarship Fund, accepted by Pat Richardson; Heather’s Hope, accepted by Gretchen James; and Community Care Hospice, accepted by Patti Settlemyre.
The money distributed totaled $35,000
The speaker for the evening was Dale Stokes. He planted his first black raspberries on his 230-acre farm in 1962, and is now the largest grower of this fruit east of the Mississippi.
Dale and his wife Jane have collaborated with researchers on the health benefits of black raspberries. The berries have been shown to help prevent some forms of cancer.
A brief business meeting followed the program. All were reminded of the April’s Fool 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Saturday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. Information can be found at Healthallianceclinton.org.