Fusco to Donate Talents at Neighbor for Neighbor Event

AWAITING LASAGNA: Looking forward to the annual Neighbor for Neighbor fundraising dinner are, from left, Chef Michael Fusco, event Co-Chair Joanne Ardner, NFN Executive Director Ann Smith and event Chief Fundraiser Bill Weisrock.

GTR Newspapers photo; Artwork by ALICIA SCHRUM

Neighbor for Neighbor will hold its annual Dinner and Diagnosis Charitable event Sunday July 29, at the University of Tulsa at 4:30 p.m.

Chef Michael Fusco, of the newly opened Michael Fusco’s Riverside Grill, will be preparing and donating the lasagna dinner for 425 people. Many doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other volunteers will be serving the dinner.

A silent auction, and a live auction will be conducted in conjunction with the dinner. Auctioneer Jay Litchfield will be donating his time for the live auction. Pianist Don Ryan will present the dinner music for this charitable event. LeAnne Taylor, anchor for Channel 6, will be the mistress of ceremony for the evening.

All proceeds from this Fourth Annual Dinner and Diagnosis will be presented to the Medical Facility of Neighbor for Neighbor for medical needs.

Tickets can be obtained by contacting Bill Weisrock at 527-8738. Ticket prices are $35 each. Reserve tables for eight people can be purchased for $500.

Contact Ann Smith, executive director of NFN at 425-5578, ext. 101, or Joanne Ardner, event co-chair, at 252-1974 for more information.

The Mission of Neighbor for Neighbor is dedicated to helping those in the community recognize and realize their own personal worth and potential. NFN understands that in the absence of the basic needs of food, shelter, and healthcare, this potential cannot be met.

NFN’s goal is to lead, educate, facilitate and empower the community toward eliminating the devastating and debilitating effects of poverty.

NFN offers a wide range of beneficial programs to support mission, including:

Medical Clinic:
NFN’s free health clinic, run by volunteer professionals and the NFN staff, provides acute care services in medical, dental, optometric, prescription assistance and eyeglass assistance for the indigent, unemployed, uninsured and working poor. In addition to its other services, there are Women’s Clinics, diabetic clinics, Dermatology Clinics and a Restorative Dental Clinic.

Legal Clinic
NFN’s legal clinic offers services in guardianships and adoptions, wills, power of attorneys and probate, uncontested domestic issues, landlord/ tenant issues, bankruptcy and other uncontested matters.

Food Store
NFN offers food assistance in the fully operational food store. Assisted grocery products offered include milk and dairy products, assorted canned fruits, assorted dry beans, assorted canned vegetables, dry cereals, hot cereals, juices, canned meats, diapers, toilet tissue, baby products, toiletries and feminine hygiene products.

Circle Housing
NFN offers three types of housing programs: Circle Housing which creates home ownership for the low to middle income families of North Tulsa, Repair Program where homes that are owned by elderly or disabled people are repaired, and the Millennium House, a research project to dramatically reduce utility and repair costs for low income housing.

Family Assistance
NFN offers several programs to the NFN community including Art Equity, The Community Garden, You Sew Girl and Literacy books distribution program.

Updated 07-21-2007

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