Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 am
By Jeff Say
Doris Jacobs (left), nurse manager at the Culpeper Surgery Center, and Yolanda Kay (right), executive director, present Culpeper Food Closet director Dick Rosica with a check for $4,522 Wednesday. The surgery center raised $2,612 during its May 3 fundraiser and Dr. Khalid Athar matched the donation for the Food Closet. Vincent Vala/Star-Exponent
The Culpeper Food Closet received an early Christmas in July present.
Following its fundraiser May 3, the Culpeper Surgery Center presented Food Closet director Dick Rosica with a check for $4,522 Wednesday.
The money was raised following a yard sale/bake sale and raffle held for the Culpeper food bank, with the funds from the day totaling $2,612. The rest was matched by the surgery center's Dr. Khalid Athar.
"We just want to thank the community for the support," Culpeper Surgery Center Executive Director Yolanda Kay said.
Kay said the raffle raised $1,344, the bake sale $418.75 and the yard sale $498.25.
"We're really happing everyone came together, the staff at the surgery center donated and made the baked goods and everyone donated for the fundraiser," she said.
Rosica was blown away by the donation.
"Our donations always drop off after the first of the year," Rosica said. "That will buy a couple months of food. Especially coming into the summer season when it gets slow."
Rosica said the next planned food drive isn't until the Scouting for Food event scheduled for November.
Rosica said the need for the Food Closet is growing, with more than 400 families a month stopping by for support. That equals between 1,200 and 1,300 individuals helped by the charity.
About 100 volunteers help with the Food Closet, which celebrates its 30th year of existence in October.
A recent food drive hosted by the Culpeper Post Office generated 5,300 pounds of food and the Boy Scouts of America always have successful drives, Rosica said.
Doris Jacobs, nurse manager at the surgery center, said the employees are already planning another fundraiser for later this summer, to help support another charity.
Raffle winners were:
First place: Purple quilt - Jamie House
Second place: Star quilt - Robin Sisson
Third place: Lamp/statue - B. Inskeep
Fourth place: Jewelry - Larry Scott
Fifth place: Jewelry - Roberto Musso
Sixth place: Gift basket - Carol Hopkins
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