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Good Shepherd Clinic draws big crowd for annual Tomato Sandwich Party fundraiser | PHOTOS

Morrow Center hosts nearly 400 supporters of medical care for uninsured patients

Nearly 400 people attended the Good Shepherd Clinic’s Tomato Sandwich Party fundraiser at the Morrow Center on Saturday night. Money raised at the event covers operational costs, such as buying medical supplies, for the clinic. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

Nearly 400 people attended the Good Shepherd Clinic’s Tomato Sandwich Party fundraiser at the Morrow Center on Saturday night. Money raised at the event covers operational costs, such as buying medical supplies, for the clinic. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

MORROW — Katie Williamson peered over the top of the cake table at the Good Shepherd Clinic’s Tomato Sandwich Party and eyed the various pastries up for auction.

“Do you have a favorite cake?” asked her father, Jason Williamson.

“Yes,” she replied as a big grin came across her face.

“Can you point out which one you want?” her father asked.

“That one,” the young girl said as she pointed to a cake covered in white icing.

Nearly 400 people attended the party at the Morrow Center Saturday. The event was a fundraiser for the clinic, which provides medical care to uninsured Clayton County residents.

For many attendees, such as the Williamsons, it was a chance for family members to come together and socialize. Jason Williamson said he, his daughter, wife, mother, father and grandmother attended the party.

“It’s just a good family event for us this weekend,” he said.

First Baptist Church of Morrow member Brent Young said he and his family attended for similar reasons. Members of the church started the clinic several years ago as an outreach program.

“It’s a great fundraiser,” Young said.

The event was just what its name described. Attendees came to the Morrow Center, ate tomato sandwiches and chatted each other up in a party-like atmosphere. Cakes baked by the clinic’s supporters were auctioned off by Morrow Business and Tourism Association President Mike Twomey throughout the night.

One caramel cake fetched $375 as relatives of the baker tried to outbid each other.

But for attendees, the night was a chance to have fun while supporting a cause near and dear to their hearts.

Jonesboro resident Betty Williams recalled how the clinic’s medical director, Dr. Charles Johnson, used to be her physician. That is one reason, she said, why she supports the clinic now.

“I think it’s good and wonderful to have a place like this for people who can’t afford insurance,” said Williams.

Deborah and Greg Durden said they came because they have friends who volunteer at the clinic. Like Williams, they said they support the clinic’s mission.

“It’s a really good program they have there that’s good for the county — and the sandwiches are good, too,” said Deborah Durden.