Murfreesboro’s premiere culinary event, Taste of Stones River, is set to take center stage on Saturday, Aug. 25, at The Avenue Murfreesboro from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Vendors such as Jason’s Deli, featured above, will return again this year to support the Primary Care and Hope Clinic. (File photo)
In its sixth year, the annual food sampling is equal parts food, fun and free and it’s all for a good cause, as the proceeds directly benefit Primary Care and Hope Clinic.
This year’s event will showcase more than 40 restaurants that will have items available to attendees for the exchange of tickets, which may be purchased at the door for 50 cents.
“It’s a great event where people can come and enjoy something without a high cost,” said Taste of Stones River Committee Chair June Bilbo.
The food is the main course for the day, but other activities include live music and several kids’ activities.
The Stones River Pilots will kick off the music portion at 4 p.m. and the Japanese Cowboys will claim the second half of the evening. Also on hand will be Mid South Mobile DJs who will keep the party going between sets.
For the kids, activities will include bowling lanes, inflatables, balloon art, face painting and more. The Middle Tennessee State University mascot, Lightning, will also be in attendance for the Kids Zone.
The Kids Zone will require an armband, which can be purchased for $6 inside the grounds.
With all of the afore mentioned parts working together, Taste of Stones River has become one of the signature fundraisers for Primary Care and Hope Clinic.
The clinic, which began in 1992, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, all the while making this weekend even more special.
Over this span, it has been a fixture in Rutherford and Cannon Counties as it provides medical attention to uninsured and underserved patients.
“A lot of people don’t know but there are estimated by the Census Bureau 35,000 people without health insurance right here in Rutherford County,” said PCHC Chief Information Officer Sean Gilliland.
“At least half of our patients don’t have insurance,” Gilliland added.
This lack of access for health care has been a point that PCHC has strengthened over the years acting as a medical home.
In the same manner, Taste of Stones River has made great strides in fundraising efforts each year and is part of other events from the clinic, which include the Summer Luau and the Fenton Payne and Fred 5k Run.
“This is one of our largest fundraisers that we do. All of the money from the fundraiser goes directly to support our mission. The money can really provide health care visits for thousands of the uninsured,” Gilliland said about the impact of the event.
For more information on the clinic, visit hopeclnc.org and for the Taste of Stones River, visit www.tasteofstonesriver.org.