GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)

— It’s an event where good times and a good cause come together.

The Edesia festival at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade looked to bring in good times, and new funds for Marillac Clinic.

“I hear all the time how this is people’s favorite festival that they go to throughout the year,” said General Manager of Wine Country Inn, Ian Kelley.

Marillac Clinic will receive a very handsome donation.

“Last year we donated $30,000, and I believe well be able to be in that ballpark if not better, again this year,” Kelly said.

 

“It has a huge impact on those that really are the most vulnerable in our
community and making sure they have access to primary care and oral health care services,” said Community and Development Director for Marillac Health, Kristy Schmidt.

While Edesia helps those in need, it brings people closer to their local businesses.

“If you are close to the businesses that you live with, it just makes your life a lot easier, and it makes the people around you live a lot easier as well,” said Edesia attendee, James Rohling.

Even those who are not from the Grand Valley.

“I mean I drove in from Utah so it’s really nice to be able to try the local businesses and foods from a place that I’m not even from,” Rohling said.

The event is a great place to be for everyone involved.

“It’s giving back but you’re also getting some while you are here, so its kind of a win-win if you are someone that likes good food and great wine,” Rohling said.

In the midst of the good times, the purpose still remains.

“Healthcare is such a big issue and to be able to help out in that way, it’s really important,” Rohling said.