Good Shepherd Clinic board member and volunteer Kathy Banke, left, and nurse Han Dong listen to the clinic’s medical director, Dr. Charles Johnson, ‘diagnose’ a group of tomato ‘patients’ Wednesday. The clinic’s annual Tomato Sandwich Party fundraiser will be held Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
RAW VIDEO: Dr. Charles Johnson lectures a tomato on its 'health'
Watch Dr. Charles Johnson lecture a tomato on the importance of following his advice ahead of Saturday's Tomato Sandwich Party fundraiser for the Good Shepherd Clinic.
MORROW — Good Shepherd Clinic medical director Dr. Charles Johnson laid it out straight for his “patient” Wednesday afternoon.
The “convalescent” looked a little red over almost all of its body, but there were a few places where it was green as well.
Johnson stressed to his “patient” the importance of following doctor’s orders.
“OK, this is the way things are,” said Johnson. “It’s imperative that you do as I say, and I can’t repeat myself and you’ve got to do it. So get started now and just stay with us.”
The “patient” was, of course, a tomato.
The clinic is gearing up to hold its 12th Annual Tomato Sandwich Party fundraiser Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Mall in Morrow.
Clinic administrator Lisa Page said the event is the clinic’s major fundraiser of the year. It began several years ago as a fundraiser hosted by former Clayton News Daily publisher Jim Wood.
“It provides funding for medical staffing and supplies at the clinic,” said Page.
The administrator said the clinic, which provides medical care to uninsured patients, has not seen a drop in patients since the Affordable Care Act went into affect. That means, she said, the clinic is still as needed as ever in Clayton County.
Page said 400 people are expected to attend the party, which they said is similar to last year’s turnout. Last year’s event raised more than $60,000 for the clinic, according to the www.tomatosandwichparty.com website.
Admission is a $13 donation, with a discounted rate of $25 per couple.
Attendees will get to snack on make-your-own tomato sandwiches, pickles and desserts. The Faculty Grass band and the Steve Shivers Swing Trio will provide entertainment, according to promotional pieces for the event.
Johnson, however, encouraged to residents to attend the party as a rewarding way to give back to their community.
“You can live a good life by donating your time and treasures to the clinic,” said Johnson.
But, in the meantime, Johnson is hoping his tomato patient holds on a few more days.
It does have a party to attend Saturday after all.