The weather on September 22 was nearly perfect for the 10 Anniversary Celebration of the Rooks County Health Center (RCH) hospital building which opened for business in September of 2008.
According to Eric Sumearll, Communications and Development Director at RCH, nearly 300 people from around the area stopped by for food, fun and a celebration of the building of the award winning hospital, located just north of Plainville on Hwy. 183.
The festivities featured bounce houses, train rides on the Nex-Tech Express, wagon rides drawn by the Clydesdale horses from Sunflower Clydesdales and human foosball games. Local artist Brooke Werner was on hand and drew 60 caricature portraits for kids and adults alike.
A free lunch and snacks were provided including 120 pounds of barbecued beef brisket cooked by Rod and Cathy Sutter, sheet cake by Verlene LeRock and a three tiered celebration cake from Carousel Bakery in Stockton as well as sno-cones and popcorn.
A free raffle was held throughout the event with 10 prizes given away including Stockton Chamber Checks, Plainville Chamber Bucks and gift certificates to Keller Motors, Palco Grocery and Deli and the McKenna Center in Palco.
Rooks County Healthcare Foundation held its Half and Half raffle drawing toward the end of the event. The raffle was held to raise money for the day to day expenses of the Foundation, which raises money for non-profit health care entities in Rooks County. Over the years the Foundation has helped fund the Rooks County Health Center, the Stockton Medical Clinic, Redbud and Solomon Valley Manor nursing homes, Rooks County EMS, Rescue Squad, Cancer Council and many more health related initiatives.
Stockton Dental Center purchased the winning ticket, splitting the $8,000 pot with the Foundation.
Summing up the event, Sumearll was enthusiastic about the sense of pride that the county has in its hospital stating “We really want to thank all the volunteers who helped out, RCH staff, students from Stockton and Plainville who put in a long day, Nex-Tech for providing the popular train, Emily and Mike Reif and the beautiful horses at Sunflower Clydesdales, Eagle Communication for helping with publicity, Rod and Cathy Sutter, Brooke Werner, Verlene LeRock, Carousel Bakery, Plainville Knights of Columbus, Stockon/Plainville Ambulance Service and a special thank you to the City of Plainville and Jerry Hageman and his crew for providing and setting up the stage, tables and foosball rink”.
“It was a great afternoon of fellowship celebrating the vision, talent and determination of the people of Rooks County coming together for the future of health care in Rooks County by supporting the hospital” said Sumearll.