Caring for Cullman raises more than $11K for Good Samaritan

Triumphant Quartet entertains the crowd Monday evening, Oct. 17, 2022. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala, – Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Cullman, Inc. on Monday evening saw over 800 in attendance at its annual fundraising “Caring for Cullman” concert with Triumphant Quartet and comedian Mickey Bell at Northbrook Baptist Church. The event raised $11,521 in ticket sales and love offerings; combined with sponsorships, the clinic raised 12% of its annual budget. 

Good Samaritan Executive Director Jolanda Hutson told The Tribune, “The Caring for Cullman Concert has become the Clinic’s signature event with all proceeds going to provide medical care to the uninsured in our community.” 

Triumphant Quartet bass vocalist and Cullman County native Eric Bennett said of his return visit, “What keeps bringing us back is the people here, man. We just love to see people here. My family’s here, of course; I get to see my mother and brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews, and then just so many people out there that maybe I’m distantly kin to. There’s so many friends that I’ve sung to over the years, and when they come back to support you in a place like this, I’m just blown away. I just love it. They could be doing so many other things, and yet they come to support on a night like this.” 

Tenor vocalist David Sutton added, “We think it’s for a great cause, and we love being a part of something that’s for a good cause . . . They continue to call and ask us to be part of this event, and as long as they do, we’ll be here.”  

Hutson welcomed the return of “Caring for Cullman” after a two-year absence, noting, “Even in the absence of the event in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, the clinic was blessed by businesses and individuals who gave to our fundraising campaign. Our patients continued to be seen even though our signature fundraising event did not happen.” 

Good Samaritan Health Clinic is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, relying on the support of the Cullman community to provide services at no cost to patients. The clinic provides primary health and wellness care to uninsured adults in Cullman County. Once patients qualify, they have access to all the clinic’s services including medications, referrals, dental extractions, hearing evaluations, mental health counseling and social services.  

Hutson explained, “The clinic provides the uninsured an alternative to the local hospital’s emergency room, thus keeping overall health care costs down while enabling the ER to provide more efficient care for true emergencies. Our patients are so thankful for the health care services they receive through Good Samaritan Clinic. We routinely hear testimonials from our patients that without Good Samaritan, they would have no place to turn for their ongoing health care needs. We could not provide these services without the monetary support of businesses, individuals, churches, civic organizations and grants, as well as the many medical and non-medical volunteers who choose to serve our community through Good Samaritan Clinic.”