The Sutton County Health Foundation’s Annual Fish Fry was a success again this year, raising $5,800.00 dollars through sales and some generous donations.

Members of the Sutton County Health Foundation board of trustees, Sonora Volunteer Fire Department and individual community volunteers teamed up prepare meals to-go in the traditional buffet style, in order to serve hungry souls on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Stationed at their ususal convenient location outside of the Sonora Bank on Main Street and Crockett Avenue, Health Foundation workers were prepared well ahead of time for the crowd.

The plates sold for $10 each and included fish, coleslaw, beans and a brownie for dessert. Sweet or unsweet tea was also included and a side of friendly faces at no extra charge.

As Sonora Volunteer Fire Departments battered fish fillets and fried them to crispy golden perfection on site, a staff of eager volunteers loaded containers ready for patrons to take home via walk up or drive through.

Picnic tables also provided a comfortable place in the shade for those who wanted to enjoy eating and visiting with others during the event.
Health Foundation Board Member Carl Teaff said 300 fried catfish meals were sold this year.

Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will help with ongoing support and maintenance of defibrillators located in emergency vehicles and public building throughout the community, he added.

Additionally, funds are used to purchase jaws of life, and other pieces of equipment utilized by the Sonora Fire Department, according to Teaff.

Currently, the organization is assisting an emergency responder with acquiring her paramedic certi?cation.

“The ambulances are in need of new equipment, an automatic compression machine,” Teaff said. “When a patient is being given CPR, it is very tough on EMT, sometimes they have to stop and trade places with driver. We are working hard to get this equipment for the benefit of our residents.”
In addition to helping fund the purchase of life saving equipment and training for emergency responders, the Health Foundation also provides assistance to the Sutton County Food Shelter.