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Albacore Bash benefits free clinic

 

St. Timothy’s Outreach Clinic will host the first Barbecue Albacore Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Brookings Presbyterian Church, 540 Pacific Ave.

This fundraising extravaganza provides an opportunity for the Brookings-Harbor community to support the work of the all-volunteer free medical clinic while also enjoying an evening of food and entertainment. 

 

Father Bernie Lindley, vicar of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and the Outreach Clinic director, is also a third generation fisherman who captains the Seajay. He contacted the commercial fishing community to donate locally caught wild albacore for the barbecue. Dinner will also include green salad, potato salad, bread from local bakeries, homemade baked beans and desserts. A vegetarian/vegan option of grilled veggie kabobs will be available. Free hot dogs will be available for children younger than 12 who are accompanied by a paying adult.

Tickets for the albacore dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger and are available at the Book Dock, Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies and Country Keepsakes Quilting. Raffle tickets will be sold at the door offering, with prizes awarded after dinner.

Entertainment will be provided by Giraffes on a Raft, who play acoustic swing on guitar and violin, and Bud Halliday, who will present a magic show. 

St. Timothy’s Outreach Clinic, located at 401 Fir St., Brookings, is the only free medical clinic within 250 miles of Brookings. It opened in July 2010 and has had more than 1,000 clinic visits in the first year of operation. By offering free medical and dental care to the uninsured, the clinic has prevented unnecessary suffering and provided an important and compassionate community service, clinic officials said. 

By treating conditions before they worsen and require hospitalization and by providing an alternative to costly emergency room visits, the clinic has potentially saved the public hundreds of thousands of dollars, officials said. 

For more information, call 541-469-3314.

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