While Jefferson Community Health & Life (JCH&L) has seen many changes through the years, one event has remained popular in Fairbury for the past 52 years: the salad festival.
This year, many people visited the Elks Lodge in Fairbury, coming for fellowship and a good meal. Lana Likens, Director of Public Relations at JCH&L, explained that the event helps to raise funds for the JCH&L Auxiliary to provide scholarships and other opportunities.
“This event was started by the Auxiliary for the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in 1965,” said Likens. “Over the years the Auxiliary has helped with a number of different projects with Jefferson Community Health & Life, doing volunteer work and donating to several projects.”
Likens explained that there are three projects the Auxiliary currently undertakes: providing commemorative spoons for newborns at JCH&L, purchasing Christmas gifts for residents at Gardenside and providing scholarships for students going into medical fields, which would help to benefit hospitals.
Likens was pleased with the turnout, noting that they are usually able to raise $1,000 during the event each year, serving anywhere between 200 and 250 people.
“This year it went great,” Likens said. “The salad festival is the Auxiliary’s biggest fundraiser of the year. It takes about 80 volunteers to help prepare and serve food, but we’ve always had a great amount of support from the community, and we’re always very grateful for that. This is just a fun event that helps us to better serve the community, and to help us to raise some money to be able to continue serving the community. We’re just very proud that this is a fundraiser that’s been happening every year for over 50 years now and that this is still something our community supports and enjoys.”
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