REIDSVILLE – The community is cordially invited to attend the Rocktoberfest Oyster Roast and Shrimp Boil from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, with all proceeds benefiting the Free Clinic of Rockingham County. Rocktoberfest will be held at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center, located at 804 Cedar Lane in Reidsville.

The Free Clinic provides essential medical, dental and prescription care to low-income citizens of the county who are without any form of health insurance. The clinic will receive 100 percent of the gala benefits.

Ticket availability for this year’s event is limited and tickets are on sale at $60 each, with a $5 discount before Oct. 15. They may be purchased by calling 336-349-3220 or by visiting

In keeping with the event’s seafood theme, sponsorships are available at four levels: Rockefeller level ($1,000) receiving 16 complimentary tickets; Pearl sponsors ($500) receive eight tickets; Oyster sponsors ($250) receive four tickets and Shrimp sponsors ($150) receive two tickets. There are also table sponsorships at $2,500 with 16 tickets, and a Presenting sponsorship at $3,500 with 20 tickets.

“We are so excited to be hosting our third Oyster Roast and Shrimp Boil,” said Kim Rider, executive director of the Free Clinic. “Last year was a big success, and this is going to be a great opportunity for our county to come together and have a good time for a great cause. Guests will be able to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat oysters and shrimp boil while enjoying the musical talents of local artists. Best of all, the money raised will directly benefit the uninsured, low income residents of Rockingham County.”

In 2016, the Free Clinic provided more than $1 million worth of medical, dental and pharmacy goods and services to its patients, on a budget of $250,000.

“This investment in our community allowed many patients to control their sometimes-life-threatening illnesses. Since the Free Clinic is totally dependent upon private donations from the community to provide these services, events like Rocktoberfest are critical,” Rider said.

The Free Clinic continues to offer a unique medical home and exceptional patient services to hundreds of chronically ill Rockingham County residents who are low income and uninsured. It has the distinction of being one of only 16 North Carolina free clinics that have achieved the highest level of accreditation. The clinic has provided over 15 years of quality, comprehensive health care. It significantly relieves the burden placed upon local emergency rooms. 

“I want to extend an invitation to all the caring residents of Rockingham County and beyond,” said Joan Weisenbeck, Free Clinic board president and fundraising chair. “Volunteering for this wonderful organization has brought me so much fulfillment. Making a difference in our community, serving those who life has dealt a tough hand and celebrating moving forward together is our goal. Please join us on Oct. 28.”

The Free Clinic of Reidsville and Vicinity opened its doors in May 1998 to a 6-mile service radius in Reidsville to target those individuals without any form of healthcare coverage. As a result of the uninsured healthcare crisis in Rockingham County, the clinic’s board of directors expanded the service radius in October 2005 to incorporate the entire county and changed its name accordingly to recognize its new service population.

The Free Clinic of Rockingham County is designed to reduce the burden placed upon hospital emergency rooms by closing the access gap in the local healthcare delivery system. By providing primary and preventative medical and dental care to this vulnerable population, Free Clinic patients experience improved health status and are able to be productive members of the workforce and provide for their families which produces a ripple effect of economic benefit across the county.  To become a patient at the Free Clinic a person must have no health insurance, have income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and live in Rockingham County.

Contact Gerri Hunt at (336) 349 -4331, ext. 6137 and follow @HuntGerri_RCN on Twitter.

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