Rotary challenge raises thousands for clinic

WOODSTOCK – Lawrence DuBose, a retired civil engineer and former owner of Testing Services Corp., wanted to do something special for the community.

With his help, the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers issued a challenge to the community to raise $25,000 for the Family Health Partnership Clinic’s new building in Crystal Lake, and it would match that $25,000, bringing the total raised to $50,000.

The challenge ended July 31, and to date, the clinic has not only raised the $25,000 for the match, but contributions continue to come in to help support health care for the uninsured in the McHenry County area.

“This has been a very successful campaign,” Scott Brown, president and CEO of Sage Products and chairman of the Capital Campaign Committee, said in a news release.  “The Rotary Challenge was a wonderful way to get the community involved in a meaningful project. And the community responded in a very generous way. To date, we have raised over $37,500 from almost 200 donors for this challenge.”

The Crystal Lake Service League, through its inaugural Farm to Table Dinner, raised almost $7,600 that was matched by the Rotary Club Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers.

“This event was a new way to help the community as well as promote sustainable living,” Sandy Kubik, chairman for the Farm to Table Event for the Service League, said in the release.  “It was a great opportunity to partner with another service organization to help make our community a better place to live and to fulfill the League’s tradition of helping the underserved in the Crystal Lake area.”

Staffed by 28 volunteer physicians and a small dedicated staff, the Family Health Partnership Clinic provides more than $3 million worth of care each year to the community. It is expected to move into its new location in November.

For information, call 815-334-8987 or visit www.hpclinic.org.