In an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic, preparations have started for the Fifth annual Festival of Tables.
“The Festival of Tables is a fundraiser for the Ashe Free Medical Clinic,” said Nancy Kautz, who organizes the annual event. “We have local people and businesses sponsor the tables and then invite their friends.”
Overall, Kautz said after expenses, the fundraiser provides approximately $10,000 to the free clinic.
This year the festival is scheduled to take place 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the West Jefferson United Methodist Church. A meeting of table sponsors will take place Thursday, July 10 at which time tickets will be distributed.
Tickets for the event are $50 each and are tax deductible. Kautz said each table brings in around $400, which with 18 tables brings in $7,200 for the free clinic, located in Jefferson.
Kautz said the dinner will be catered by Rosie Bolac and will consist of a five-course meal.
“The meal is served by the local Boy Scouts,” she said. “They come around with trays of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. Also, the buffet provided is wonderful.”
In addition to the dinner, a live auction and silent auction take place, with Russell Killen of the Mountain Auction Company in West Jefferson presiding as the auctioneer.
Kautz said the community can get involved by helping sponsor a table.
Tables have different themes, and for this year there are plans for a quilting themed table and a Shakespeare table. Last year, some of the themes included: the Appalachian Trail, barnyards, Halloween and a “Duck Dynasty” theme where the attendees dressed like the characters from the show.
“The tables are really tall and (decorations) go sky high,” Kautz said. “We always joke that you don’t chat with the people at the table you’re eating at, because you can’t see them.”
In 2013, the Ashe Free Medical Clinic serviced 1,575 visits with 482 distinctive patients. In order to be serviced by the free clinic, the patient must be uninsured.
“The (clinic) does a really good job with the chronic disease patients,” Kautz said. “They make sure patients with diabetes get their strips for free. They do lab tests and X-rays for free.”
Kautz said some of the procedures take place at Ashe Memorial Hospital, but the free clinic covers the cost. Local physicians volunteer on Thursday evenings to help cover those uninsured.
People interested in purchasing a table for the event are asked to call Kautz at (336) 982-5764 or via email at Cincyfolks@skybest.com. Kautz said there are still plenty of tables still available.
For more information relating to the Ashe County Free Medical clinic, call the clinic at (336) 846-4649. Additional information is provided at www.acfmc.org/
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.