“Rookstock” Benefit Takes Flight March 30

After a one-year hiatus, the Rookstock meadowlark takes flight again at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Steve’s Electric & Roustabout (north shop). The musical fundraising event benefits the Rooks County Healthcare Foundation (RCHF). Proceeds from this year’s celebration will be contributed to the second phase of expansion at Rooks County Health Center (RCH). The two previous Rookstock galas netted over $200,000 for RCHF.

This year, Rookstock attendees will be treated to a fare of home cooked beef brisket and honey-pecan glazed chicken as well as homemade side dishes and desserts, cocktails and live music from gospel to show tunes to popular favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Original country western songs will also be performed by a band with direct ties to Rooks County. The event includes a silent auction as well as a live auction featuring vacation getaways, premium concert tickets and more to keep the night moving at a fun, action packed pace.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the event will run till midnight at Steve’s Electric and Roustabout main shop at the corner of W Road and 17 Road (Section Line), just 1 mile north of Plainville.

“We’re delighted Rookstock can boast such an array of music from Rooks County’s own talented musicians,” said Eric Sumearll, RCHF Executive Director. “This year’s music lineup will feature different styles and genres that will appeal to everyone. We’re also planning on some audience participation, which highlights what Rookstock is all about, how great things happen when everyone in a community comes together for a common cause.”

The evening’s purpose is to raise funds for Phase 2 of the expansion at RCH, which is the construction of an 11,000 square foot, dedicated rehabilitation facility on the north side of the hospital. Two main components of the project will be a zero-entry hydrotherapy pool to enhance and speed up recovery, and an indoor walking track to encourage cardio exercise for a healthier lifestyle.

“RCH’s Physical Therapy department has dramatically improved the health and physical capabilities of so many people, young and old, in our area,” said Sumearll. “With the growing need, we’re going to make sure that the staff has the space and resources in this dedicated rehab facility to continue their work making valuable contributions to people’s lives.”

Live and silent auctions held throughout the evening contribute to the night’s diversions. Just a few of the live auction items include stays at a rustic cabin in Almont Colorado, 4 box seat tickets and hotel accommodation to see Kenny Chesney in Wichita, along with an array of handmade items, gift certificates and baskets that will also be up for bid.

Tickets are required in advance and seating is limited. “We typically sell out well in advance of the event, so please plan early to buy your tickets,” commented Sumearll. Tickets are available at Rooks County Health Center or by calling Sumearll at 785.688.4428. For more information, visit www.Rookstock.com.


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