Bergton-Criders area residents showcased their talents to raise funds during an April 21 fundraiser for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic.
Last year, the group had great success partnering with “Stop Hunger Now” to raise the funds and turn out volunteers to package meals for 16,869 meals.
This year, the group decided to care for the sick, as expressed in Matthew 25:31-46, at their annual Gospel Day event.
Each year. the clinic serves 1,088 patients, from Rockingham County and Harrisonburg. The clinic offers a wide range of health services such as dental care, check-ups, immunizations and access to affordable medications.
In order to make a big impact, the churches introduced some friendly competition. In the weeks leading up to the event, each of the churches raised funds individually, challenging one another to do all they could. The fundraising effort was capped off with a community event, “Bergton’s Got Talent.”
Each of the churches brought out their most seasoned cooks to compete for the best barbecue, best macaroni and cheese, and best coleslaw. Everyone got the chance to sample all the dishes and then vote with their dollars for the best of Bergton.
Throughout the event, talented performers from each congregation entertained the crowd. A brief presentation on the clinic was offered by Keith Gnagey, executive director.
In two hours. the event succeeded in raising $457.60. The total offerings included Martin Luther Lutheran, $782.81; Valley View Mennonite, $641; Fulks Run United Methodist Charge, $359.13; and Damascus and Crab Run Church of the Brethren, $316.02.
The community effort raised a grand total of $2,556.56. That’s enough funds to help more than 50 patients at the Free Clinic. Bergton certainly does have talent.