The weather April 29 for Rookstock seemed to pay homage to “Woodstock”, the inspiration behind Rooks County’s own concert event. Nevertheless nearly 300 battled the wind, rain and mud for Rookstock 2017, an evening of celebration produced by the Rooks County Healthcare Foundation. The event marked the latest phase of the capital campaign to raise $2 million towards the Rooks County Health Center’s next phase of expansion.

“We’re thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm shown for the event and expansion project.  We’re moving closer to the goal of $2 million towards funding of Phase 2 of the hospital expansion,” Eric Sumearll, Rooks County Healthcare Foundation Executive Director. According to Sumearll, Phase 2 consists of a new dedicated Rehabilitation facility with walking track for the public and a zero entry hydrotherapy pool.

Rookstock featured a musical lineup made up of talented musicians with deep ties to the area, locally catering and a volunteer staff of nearly 60 people. The evening included silent and live auctions, which added over $30,000 to campaign funds. An American Girl Doll with accessories and a week stay at a Vermont cabin were just a couple of the items that had attendees in bidding wars.

“The Vermont cabin was so popular that the donors, Barb and Phil Kurz, made the offer that if the runner up bid would agree to match the winning bid they would donate another week long stay. That offer was immediately accepted,” said Eric Sumearll, Rooks County Healthcare Foundation Executive Director.

The event’s entertainment included a moving medley of songs featuring gospel, show tunes and an ABBA tribute by the Vocal Chords, comprised of Dr. Jen Brull, Dr. Lynn Fisher, Dr. Beth Oller and Dr. Dan Sanchez. John Brust moved the crowd to dance before eventually joining Stockton native and blues guitarist, Jimmy Lewin. The Boomers, a Wichita based group fronted by Plainville native, Judy Herman Wiggins, closed out the evening with cover versions of popular songs from the 60s through the 80s.

“It was a great night 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,” said Sumearll. For more information about the  Rooks County Healthcare Foundation or to contribute, visit


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