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Harvest dinner nets $4,221 for nursing scholarships

Clarksville volunteers Harvest Dinner 
Harvest Dinner dessert duty is performed by, from left, Neva Dell Epps, Wanda Varley, Sandy Wester, Vernell Dickey, and Julia Anderson. 

CLARKSVILLE, Texas — ETMC Clarksville volunteers’ annual Harvest Dinner earned a total of $4,221 to be used toward the group’s nursing scholarships and other smaller projects within the hospital.

The group sold 538 tickets to the event, which was held on October 28. Proceeds came from event tickets, sales of the new ETMC volunteers’ “Cooking Up East Texas” cookbook, a raffle for a quilt made by a craftsperson in the mountains of Arkansas, and donations given at the event. Guests enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving-style dinner of turkey and dressing with all the trimmings.

“We are so appreciative of the community’s support at our annual Harvest Dinner,” said Roberta Villalobos, president of the ETMC Clarksville volunteers. “Almost all proceeds go to nursing scholarships, which are awarded every spring to local students. It is our privilege to assist them with their educational expenses.”

Ms. Villalobos estimates there has been an annual Harvest Dinner for at least 15 years, providing the funding for more than 40 nursing scholarships during that time. Earlier this year, the group announced Courtney Phillips, Alexandria Meals, Sherri Cheatwood, Cami Murphy and Shelly Stinger had each received $1000 scholarships.  

The group’s next fundraiser is the bake sale/white elephant sale on Nov. 16, 17 and 18. Since May, the group’s monthly bake sales have earned more than $500, which also benefit the scholarships.