Milford Duck Raffle Supports Free Local Health Care

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A few little quackers are helping their Pike County neighbors to have access to free health care services locally through the Pike County Health Fund. As shown in photo, from left to right, Julia Weinreb, Madison Strickler, Leah Weinreb and Olivia Burbridge recently sold duck raffles for the fund’s annual Just Ducky Derby during a multi-family garage sale at the Strickler home in Milford. The Pike County Health Fund was established in 2003 by the Newton Memorial Hospital Foundation to address the growing health care needs of local children, seniors and working families who are uninsured or under-insured. The fund’s second annual Just Ducky Derby will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $25 for a “six quack” and all proceeds benefit the Pike County Health Fund. For tickets contact Dawn Sullivan at 973-579-8309 or dsullivan@nmhnj.org. They can also be purchased in Milford at Susie’s Sweet Shop, Firefly Toy Shop and Drayer Physical Therapy Institute; and in Lords Valley at Bella Tina Salon on Route 739.

The Pike County Health Fund offers an ongoing schedule of free diagnostic testing and screenings at the Milford Health & Wellness Center; it administers the Pike County Teen Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, which provides services to adolescents and their families who are coping with substance-abuse behaviors; and it maintains a partnership with Safe Haven, Inc. of Pike County to offer interim health care services to victims of domestic violence who reside in a “safe house” environment. For more information visit www.nmhnj.org or call Janet Rancati at (570) 775-7288.

(Photo credit: Pike County Health Fund)