Miyerkules, Marso 2, 2011

Support Free Clinic with dinner at TJ's

As its membership inches toward 200, the Viola Startzman Free Clinic Network is making progress in an effort to raise funds for an organization that has become so vital to this community.

Formed in February 2007, the Network's main goal is to help with fundraising efforts for the Free Clinic. Since it began, members have raised nearly $126,500 through donations, membership dues and its two annual fundraisers, Clayware for Healthcare and the upcoming A Meal that Heals, said member Marilyn Tanner.

The event, to be held at TJ's Trio of Restaurants on Jan. 24 from 1-9 p.m., gives patrons the choices of a chicken, strip steak or salmon entree, salad, bread and non-alcoholic beverage for $27. It will also feature "celebrity" bartenders, gift basket raffles and local entertainers, with all proceeds going to the Free Clinic.

Membership to the Free Clinic Network is open to anyone in Wayne County, with annual dues at $15.

"Since 2007, members have generously donated over 2,483 hours of service," Tanner said. "Volunteers can help in many ways, including selling and purchasing tickets to the fundraising events."

Tanner, who is retired from the Ford Motor Company's engineering and research center in Dearborn, Mich., moved to Wooster 28 years ago. Her husband, who died of Alzheimer's, was a graduate of The College of Wooster.

"He loved the area and it seemed to be a good place to reside at this particularly difficult time of his life, which proved to be true," Tanner said. "After his death, I was well settled here and now almost feel like a native."

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